Spring 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning 
Salary Survey Results

MN Compass
TB Monitoring in Deer
Stimulus Map Phase 2

MN Geospatial Commons Planned

New Arrowhead Imagery
Metro Address Point Specs

GIS in Sewer Inspections - New Brighton

New Generation Topos
Topo Anniversary
The National Map Update
Crop Productivity Index
Crop Data Layer
Census Participation Maps
Occupations Website

GeoMoose New Version
ESRI Grant Program
Guide to Nonprofit GIS and Online Mapping

Other Places
SC Data Policy Development Guide
Map Quizzes



Geospatial Occupations Added to U.S. Department of Labor Website
Adapted from U.S. Department of Labor website

The U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration's Occupational Information Network (O*NET) now lists five new geospatial occupations:

  • Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
  • Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists
  • Geographic Information Systems Technicians
  • Precision Agriculture Technicians
  • Geodetic Surveyors

You can find descriptions of most of these new occupations by doing an "Occupation Quick Search" on "geospatial" at the O*NET site  (Geodetic Surveyors seems not to include the keyword "geospatial.")

In addition to Quick Search, the site provides three other search options:

  • Find Occupations:  Browse groups of similar occupations to explore careers. Choose from industry, field of work, science area, and more.
  • Advanced Search:  Focus on occupations that use a specific tool or software. Explore occupations that need your skills.
  • Crosswalk:  Connect to a wealth of O*NET data. Enter a code or title from another classification to find the related O*NET-SOC occupation.

About O*NET

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for the website’s Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.