Faculty, staff and students may find interest in a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Geospatial Technology Competency Model (released June 1, 2010) was developed to further define professional expectations for this growing field of career positions. It is clearly a reaction to the Department of Labor Statistics report a few years ago that identified geospatial technology (right behind biotechnology and nanotechnology) as one of 3 top growing technology professions.
The report (and accompanying discussion) is likely also the impetus for the GIS Certification Institute’s (GISCI’s) recent announcement that they will be re-visiting their current requirements for GIS Professional (GISP) certification and likely proposed an examination-based criteria be implemented by 2014. See http://www.gisci.org/PDFs/GISCI_press_release_7-8-10.pdf
As such, it may be of particular interest to those of you directly involved in continuing to shape available GIScience curriculum here on campus. The Competency Model can be downloaded in PDF format by selecting the link near the lower left side of the page.