GIS and GPS are technologies that sometimes are hard to explain. A new website developed by the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges can help. Pathways to Technology is an online resource that presents useful information on various technology fields. Besides describing a field, it includes lists of common jobs, quotes from graduates working in the field, and even videos.
GIS and GPS are highlighted in their own section. It’s only a few paragraphs long, but it also contains fairly detailed descriptions of three common jobs: GIS Mapping Technician, Data Manager, and Environmental Analyst. There is also a 90-second QuickTime video that talks about GIS/GPS in precision agriculture and other applications.
GIS professionals in Minnesota may find this material useful for GIS Day – or for communicating with friends and neighbors about what you do.