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As geospatial industry grows, applied geography catches on overseas

November 09, 2012

"GIS and geospatial knowledge are critical for the interconnected 21st century world," says Rich Quodomine of the New York Department of Transportation and a member of the Association of American Geographers. Quodomine recently attended the International Geographic Congress 2012 in Cologne, Germany, and came away believing that GIS expertise is no longer confined to the U.S.

Quodomine concludes that the geospatial industry is likely to enter a period of increased competition, as the need for employees trained in GIS and other geospatial technologies increases among firms in the U.S. and abroad: "Americans will compete for jobs in other nations, and now, other nations will send their best graduates to compete with us on our soil."


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