Which Online GIS Job Site is Right for You?

If you are in an online GIS degree program, you’re probably starting to search out available jobs. Here’s a look at several websites that consistently post GIS-related jobs.

GeoSearch Inc.  is a personal recruitment firm specializing in geospatial sciences and technologies. It works with all industry segments that develop, apply and use geospatial technologies. This is not your typical online job board. When you post your resume on GeoSearch, your resume is not accessible unless you send it. Potential employers pay to have their jobs posted. The postings are very detailed, like this Woolpert Inc. Dayton, Ohio, position:

“Qualified candidates will have a BS/BA degree in GIS, Cartography, Geography or Remote Sensing or 4 years of experience. Good stereoscopic vision. Solid working knowledge of ArcGIS. Computer competency in Windows environment. Experience with production of NGA vector/raster geospatial datasets (Feature Data, Topographic Line Maps, City Graphics, Image City Maps, etc.). …”

GIScareers.com contains GIS job advertisements and resumes for GIS-related positions. The resumes are public, but employers from all over the world are posting to this site. Like this ArcGIS Server Application Developer in Bahrain, which needs a candidate to: “Design, develop, and maintain private and public-facing Web mapping sites and applications through concept, design, and implementation phases.”

GISuser.com has new jobs from around the world occasionally posted. It also has a directory, helpful blog, social media outreach, videos, photos and experts who regularly share thoughts, ideas and tips to find jobs. These experts include Peter Batty, a founder of Ubisense, and Learon Dalby, the GIS Program Manager for the Arkansas Geographic Information Office. In addition to providing job postings, GISuser.com is a good resource for anybody in the industry.

GISLounge focuses on geospatial technologies and is a well-respected forum for professionals. Professionals discuss issues like map plotting, areal interpolation and give each other advice on areas such as geocoding and merging rasters. It’s a great resource for anybody in the industry, but does not just post GIS positions. Positions such as “technical writer” and “educational specialist” have also been posted. However, all jobs have a GIS tie.

GeoJobs.org is a free GIS posting website for employers and potential employees. It earns revenue by taking donations. The resumes are public and there are currently 60 open positions posted on the site that range from GIS Technician for Mesquite, Texas, to Assistant Professor in Geomatics Engineering for the University of Calgary.

EcoEmploy.com posts environmental-related and federal jobs, many of which require GIS skills.

GISJobs.com boasts a search engine that allows users to save searches and search for jobs in targeted locations. The 90-day resume costs $10 and a 30-day resume is $5. Private companies such as Plum Creek and state agencies greatly use this website.

With all these sites providing great content, it’s time to start browsing!

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