This is a summary of a recent presentation given by Richard Serby of GeoSearch, Inc. at the 2015 GIS in the Rockies Conference. This presentation was focused somewhat on the state of Colorado, however, there are national numbers included as well.
The Good News
Unemployment in Perspective
Number of Geospatial Employees
On the surface this looks like a high number, however, many organizations are cross-training current employees to avoid layoffs & utilize their staff more effectively in a seasonal business.
Prediction for Geospatial Employment
Where the jobs are in Colorado:
Fort Collins – Boulder – Denver – Colorado Springs (Front Range Corridor)
Hot Cities in the US for GIS Jobs:
Denver – Raleigh – Portland OR – Provo – Atlanta – Seattle – SLC – Indianapolis – Warren MI – Des Moines – Sioux Falls – Omaha
An outstanding skill resource: Geospatial Technology Competency Model