MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Spring 2009
ISSUE 56

MN GIS/LIS NEWS
The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning
Volunteer Opportunities
Scholarship Winners

State
Drive to Excellence Update
USNG in Minnesota
Mn/DOT GIS Portal
LCC-GIS and Redistricting

Governor's Council
CTU and USNG standards out for review
Next Generation 9-1-1
GIS at RNC

Regional
Services Forum Results
Address Point Synchronization

Local
Tracking Utility Trucks
Watershed E. coli Study

Federal
Mapping Floods
Improvng Flood Maps
Height Modernization

Non-Profits
URISA Skills Survey
MHS Map Exhibit

People
Randy Johnson, ESRI GIS Hero

Other Places
Web 2.0 for Local Government
Economics and Place

 

 

Technical Requirements Change
From 2007 URISA Salary Survey for IT/GIS Professionals
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota
 
Every few years, URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) conducts a survey of IT/GIS Professionals. The survey asks about job skills/requirements in addition to salary results. This article will report on four technical skills. The goal is to highlight the leading skills so people can think about acquiring them. In each case I report the top 7-9 skills over the three years, then show the change in percentage points.
 
Software proficiency required for your job. Big drops in older versions of ESRI products and AutoCAD. Big gains in ArcGIS.
 
Software
2003
2006
change
ESRI ArcGIS
80.3%
91.2%
+10.9
ESRI SDE/GeoDatabase
36.8
47.9
+11.1
ESRI Extensions (Network Analyst; 3D Analyst; Spatial Analyst)
N/A
46.2
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ESRI ArcIMS
37.9
37.9
0.0
ESRI ArcView v. 3.x
77.3
34.3
-43.0
ESRI ArcPad
22.4
26.7
+4.3
AutoDesk AutoCAD
33.1
22.8
-10.3
ESRI ArcInfo v. 7.x
67.4
20.8
-46.6
  
Operating System used in your job. People were staying with Windows, but switching from old to new. Unix was making small gains while Linux was losing ground.
 
Operating System
2003
2006
change
Windows XP
0.1%
85.2%
+85.1
Windows 2003
N/A
24.0
+24.0
Windows NT
56.2
16.9
-39.3
Windows CE or Palm
17.0
13.0
-4.0
Windows 2000
82.7
31.1
-51.6
Windows 95/98
25.4
3.9
-21.5
UNIX
9.1
11.0
+1.9
Linux
7.2
1.8
-5.4
 
Database management or spreadsheet programs used in completing your duties. Access was dominant and holding its own. Excel and dBase are losing ground. New specialized software is gaining.
 
DBMS/spreadsheet
2003
2006
change
Access
85.9%
83.7%
-2.2
Excel
83.5
78.1
-5.4
SQLServer
33.2
46.3
+13.1
Spatial Database Engine (SDE)
20.0
31.6
+11.6
dBase
31.6
28.2
-3.4
Oracle
27.9
28.2
+0.3
Oracle Spatial
N/A
9.9
+9.9
  
Programming/customization languages used in completing your duties. Visual Basic remained the leading language, but it is losing ground along with many others. Python is the new hot language.
 
 
Language
2003
2006
change
Visual Basic (VB)
68.4%
56.1%
-12.3
HTML
43.9
28.9
-15.0
Arc Macro Language (AML)
44.5
24.5
-20.0
XML
24.1
24.1
0.0
Python
N/A
24.0
­­+24.0
Java Script
23.3
20.3
-3.0
Avenue
41.5
16.4
-25.1
Java
16.9
14.0
-2.9
C++
10.8
6.4
-4.4
Do not use
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27.4
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The full report can be purchased from URISA. A new survey is expected in the next few years.