Careers News: "Spotlight on Geographers"
- Spotlight profile: USAID Chief Geographer Carrie Stokes named finalist for Service to America Medal
The U.S. Agency for International Development's Chief Geographer and Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab's GeoCenter, Carrie Stokes, is a finalist for the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals for achievements in international affairs.
- Cartographers and photogrammetrists listed among 8 fastest-growing careers of 2016
In a recent article appearing on Parade.com, cartographers and photogrammetrists were listed among the 8 fastest-growing careers in the U.S. The article, which is based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest 10-year employment projection, predicts that "the need for people who gather and interpret geographic information to make maps" will grow by 30 percent by 2024.
- Spotlight profile: Esri's Jennifer Bell uses maps to tell stories that matter
Jennifer Bell, 26, works as a cartographic product engineer at Esri, the world's leading GIS company. Map production is essential to the world and involves beautiful, creative, and eye-catching pieces of art that tell stories of the issues facing our world today.
- It's a good time to be a geographer! Median salaries, job growth continue at higher than average pace
Geographers work in a wide variety of industries in both physical and human geography related fields. According to a recent Geolounge article, job growth for geographers is expected to continue at a "much faster than average" pace over the next 10 years and the median wage for geographers is more than double the median wage for all workers.
- Spotlight profile: University of Texas, Austin geography professors Tim Beach and Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach
Dr. Tim Beach and Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, professors from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, study the Maya civilization's impact on environmental change during the early anthropocene - a period when human activity began greatly affecting environmental conditions.
- In defense of a liberal education: Fareed Zakaria on the value of broad-based learning
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Fareed Zakaria explains why deemphasizing the humanities in favor of specific, technical skills might be putting America on a dangerously narrow path for the future. While STEM courses are crucial components of education, Zakaria argues that English, philosophy and other liberal arts are equally as vital.
- A bold new world: How the growth of geospatial competency-based assessment is changing the face of traditional learning
The world of geospatial credentials and certifications continues to grow in depth and breadth. A new article from Directions Magazine examines how the availability of new certifications is changing traditional GIS courses and curricula.
- Geography and your resume: Eight ways to sell yourself to employers
Drawing on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this article highlights the ways that geographers can best sell their skill-sets for a number of jobs across a wide range of disciplines.
- Spotlight profile: UCLA geographer Laurence C. Smith conducts research on Greenland's meltwater rivers
UCLA geographer and department chair Laurence C. Smith conducted a study of surface meltwater rivers in Greenland over six days in the summer of 2012. The study used satellite imagery, buoys with GPS technology, and a drone boat to map the network and determine flow rates.
- Where are women working? A geographic approach to gender and employment
The Upshot, a data driven online news site run by the New York Times, has recently published an article that shows the disparities between male and female employment in the United States. The article features an interactive map and uses data from the American Community Survey to compare the two demographics.