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How can GIS be a specialized field everyone needs to work with?

  • 1.  How can GIS be a specialized field everyone needs to work with?

    Moderator
    Posted 11-16-2017 20:47

    GIS is a specialized field that everyone needs to work with??? Sounds like an oxymoron - can you elaborate?



  • 2.  RE: How can GIS be a specialized field everyone needs to work with?

    Moderator
    Posted 11-16-2017 15:50

    Another participant states "'Everyone' is a bit extreme for involvement in geospatial. No doubt geospatial is growing and important for BI and more, but not everyone has to be involved.



  • 3.  RE: How can GIS be a specialized field everyone needs to work with?

    Pitney Bowes
    Posted 11-17-2017 10:57

    As I mentioned in another post, GIS is just a software tool. Specializing in GIS is like specializing in using a spreadsheet...to a degree. It's just another tool, though specialized for working with location-based data. Students looking to specialize need first to focus on a discipline, like forestry, agriculture, geology, economics, politics...and then use GIS to support the work of these disciplines. I would encourage taking classes in using GIS, but I would not advocate getting a degree in GIS.