GIS JOBS and GIS Careers
Western U.S. GIS job links and general gis job related sites
This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive listing of career sites and links for people seeking gis jobs. The page is targeted towards people seeking gis jobs in the Western United States. The major categories and range of links for gis jobs includes environmental links, planning links, transportation gis links, municipality gis employment links, software developer gis links, and other private sector gis companies seeking gis employees.
Related gis jobs links included below are: spatial data professions, CAD, remote sensing and surveying. Also the links can post different classes of gis jobs including full time, part-time, contract, and intern work.
Here are some pointers on finding hidden gis jobs -
1. When web searching, use the same search phrase in all search engines(Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo and others). All sort sites way differently, so the listings will be totally different.
2. Use special search patterns to find hidden jobs. An example would be if you are searching city sites, you would use a string that hit a lot of city domains at once. An example: "ca.us gis job August 10 ; would look for all California city/county sites for gis jobs posted in August 2010. Mix it up or try different patterns. Setup daily Google email alerts for job title keywords.
3. Use blog sites and social network sites to scan for new job posts. Use Twitter to connect but email to let people know about your qualifications.
4. Use bulletin board sites like Craig's List. However, posters on these sites are usually looking for part-time or cut rate employees that they don't have to pay a lot for.
5. Email headhunters and give them your name and number. Sometimes they might have something hot that has not been filled yet. This is old school.
6. Go to local Planning and GIS, Arc User Groups and Urisa meetings. This is the first place to look for posted city/county/state jobs, since most of the people attending work for municipalities. Jobs and part time help needed are usually announced at meetings before they get posted on the city website. Make the personal contact at the meeting and be that much closer to getting the job.
7. It's not what you know it is who you know. That old saying is 100% true when it comes to GIS jobs! The bottom line is 98% of the effort in finding a good paying gis job is now networking(knowing the right person at the right time). All of my friends and co-workers have found their stable, better paying, gis/cad/mapping jobs thru friends, teachers, family, and insider contacts. A lot of gis jobs posted online may already have some insider picked and they are only doing interviews to be legal. Call and ask questions about the job position and requirements. They might have something in the fine print that could weed you out on the interview. Ask about the software they use. Some only use the latest ESRI software or other programs. Others may require you to know special math or programming languages.
8. If you are in school, do tons of city intern work and meet people in the industry. Go to as many GIS conferences and network. I know a LOT of professors that have got students great city jobs, but things are much harder now. Show your work, talk, and see who will be hiring, growing, and what types of jobs will be needed. Make business cards/data sticks with a mini resumes on them and pass them out! Basically keep in touch.If you do the old school way of resume interviewing(cattle call), you most likely will be reviewed against 20-200+ applications!
9. Look at Geography Alumni listings and see if they list where they are now working. Do a geography alumni page search on Google and you will get a ton of hits. Many are FaceBook pages where you can ask people about gis jobs in their sectors and see if they like their jobs and if there are openings coming up. Also, try using Twitter to contact Alumni.
10. City gis work is now really, really, really hard to get due to the hammering by congress to cut jobs, the insane sequesters, tea baggers, outsourcing of the private gis jobs the last thirteen+ years and cities cutting back due to bankruptcies. It now may be better to minor in gis and major in planning or even ES since many government gis departments will mostly likely be folded into the planning department or others. People with a fancy planning degree will be kept over others with just a gis. You need to think way outside the box to get your foot in the door if you just have just a gis degree. I would ask the cities in your local area if you can do part-time work for them or even do some of their gis outsourced contract work. Start small and develop contacts and trusted working relationships. Things like digitizing and data conversion, and street data and parcel updates are always going on. Ask when or if they are going to outsource work and make a low bid on it. As of February 2013, It looks like offshore outsourcing is only stabilizing, but still not so much in the gis sector yet. Also, software is expensive but don't let that stop you if you want to try contract work. You can start with open source gis software that does most of the edits that the high-end gis software packages do. Here is a good package to start with - http://www.qgis.org/
Also, a lot of people are now using the free Census data to start large map server hubs. Sites like City-Data and usnaviguide.com started as hobby sites, and now they make HUGE money off Adsense doing nation wide zip code and other census based info maps. You and your friends could set-up map portal sites like these while in college and develop them into large gis data/outsourcing business sites. Why wait till your out of college. You have to start early since it takes time to build site content and rank in Google. The data is free so the cost is null. Note: You will need a REAL good SEO person to get your pages ranking high in Google. That is the trick. You could have the best map portal on the Planet, but if the pages don't rank on Google's first search page, you won't get business.
11. The best for last. GIS coding for smart phones and tablet apps is still super hot and growing. A ton of money can be made if you know how to code in VB, Objective-C, and the IOS platform. There is just a ton of apps that need to be written for paying customers. And the nice thing is most apps incorporate maps in them.
Note: If you are really disparate for work you could put a ad out for contract work on sites like Elance.com Don't do this unless your willing to work for almost NOTHING. Looking on these contract work sites can be real depressing. Most of these posters are in countries where the exchange rate for the dollar is huge and cost-of-living low, so they can low ball U.S. workers out of work. This is the major problem with outsourcing and current free trade policy. Basically, the rich that outsource get richer and raise their product prices while the U.S. middle class workers get $crewed twice. This is why government jobs are so coveted now. Most government and city gis work is still done in the U.S. and they still pay salaries and benefits but start pay can be low, while the private sector only cares about trimming costs so their executives can get another fat raise. The U.S. government basically needs to get rid of all tax breaks for job outsourcing and start charging inspection tariffs on the food and products coming into the U.S.A . Things are beyond crazy for gis jobs now.
MOST POPULAR GIS JOB LINKS
SIMPLYHIRED - NEW Nationwide GIS and jobs search engine
Oil Industry - Do a search for current oil industry GIS Jobs
JOB FOOL - Fresh listings
MONSTER GIS JOBS SEARCH - DAILY GIS JOB LISTING UPDATES
DOD JOB SEARCH - Searches DOD and DOL and private listings - Great gis searches
INDEED - GREAT search engine that searches all the other listing sites like Dogpile.
GISLounge - Current daily listings.
SoCal GIS JOBS - Los Angeles and Orange County municipalities listing GIS jobs.
GIS JOBS CLEARINGHOUSE - GIS Jobs Clearinghouse is The most visited GIS jobs site.
Notice: Due to the new Google Panda ranking rules, the following links below have been deactivated . Sorry, but it was either remove the links so the page ranks high again, or totally delete the page. If you are as mad as I am you can write to Google about their crazy ranking rules that nolonger cares little about good content and information anymore. This is why I have totally stopped using Google Search.
WESTERNCITY - City wide California and other western states job listings
CENTRAL COAST JOINT DATA COMMITTEE - Listing of central coast gis jobs
STATE GOVERNMENT JOB SITES - The Internet Job Source, a privately run job site.
MYSPACE - Nice comprehensive search engine that checks many listing services.
CAREERSITE - Best Newspaper Lookup!
SCGIS - The Society for Conservation GIS jobs listings.
JOBSTER - One of the largest Job Search Sites
CALOPPS - Public Employment in California
MISCO - Mining, Petroleum/Oil/Gas, Construction, and Environmental jobs, lists some gis jobs.
JOB SEARCH ENGINE.COM - Now owned by JUJU ? Job Search engine still works well.
GeoSearch, Inc. - GIS Jobs Headhunters
REAL ESTATE COMPANIES/LAND DEVELOPERS
CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANIES
MORE JOB SEARCHING SITES - www.employmentspot.com
CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYERS
GEOCOMM - GeoCommunity Career Center
ALL JOBS.COM - A comprehensive job search engine.
CALIFORNIA COUNTY AND CITY SITES
SITE.COM - Industry specific career search
AEP - ASSOC OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS
GEEBO - Listings similar to Craig's List
GIScareers.com Job and resume posting site
Earthworks-Jobs.com Jobs in the Geo Sciences including jobs in oil, energy, mining, geoscience, seismology, geodesy, earth science, earth system science
Ejobs.org Some good company links and Green Jobs, but the site is LOADED with ad banners!
Jobs in California Business
Career Builder - CareerBuilder Site
California Online Job Network - Jobs in California
JESD - Jobs and Employment Services Dept. in San Bernardino - This city and county are broke!
JobSummit -- Southern California Jobs
Major GIS and Map Companies
Apple - They just bought three TOP digital map companies. They could push mapping to the next level very soon.
Google - They pushed digital mapping in the 2000s with Street View, 3D Sketch-up and their custom map layers. However, Google has recently taken a new direction with digital mapping. Maybe they will add GIS tools to Google Earth to stay ahead of Apple?
Yahoo Maps - On life support. They did a big update a few years back with new shaded relief, but Yahoo is not doing much.
ESRI Jobs - ESRI had a monopoly on the gis software business in the early years. Many cities and governments are still locked into their expensive software and maintenance. The question is for how long? Cities are going bankrupt everyday now. Will Governments go to the cheaper or free open source software in the future?
National Geographic - The leading gis publisher of retail atlas and map products. I know a lot of people that started here and than moved on.
Mapinfo - GIS software company owned by Pitney Bowes.
Intergraph - GIS software company
Leica - GPS/GEO hardware company
Navteq - Digital gis data company
TeleAtlas(TomTom) Data company
Autodeck - Major Software company
Cartifact - Makes some of the finest published gis maps for the private sector.(small, but always looking for new talent)
General Employment Resources
America's Job Bank
Best Jobs U.S.A.
The Monster Board
Recruiters Online Network
Official City Site
Riley Career Site
Oldies but Goodies
Clay Net - Subcategories of Government Jobs
Aqua net Job Listings - Jobs in Fisheries and Marine and Aquatic Fields.
Maritime Companies - shipping companies, drilling companies, shipyards- some gis related jobs
Oil & Gas Companies
Urisa Job Postings
Sierra Jobs - Some Green Related Jobs
Bay Area Jobs
National Park/BLM GIS FIRE JOBS - Western Fires are getting worse each year!
Bay Area Automated Mapping Association
Geo Job Source
ALL California Companies
American Assoc. Of Geographers mostly teaching jobs
Police and Law Enforcement - Many use gis and gps for trends and tracking
Urisa Chapters - Good spot to check for regional GIS job listings
Urisa National Page
Planning Jobs - Most planning departments use gis and post for GIS planner jobs
U.C. Berkeley Site
City Planning Jobs
Planners Web - Links to Planning Departments and Planners Links.
Arizona Planners Org - Links to Planning Jobs in Arizona.
Urban Planning Jobs Links
Urban Planning Jobs - Other Links to search for gis jobs
Los Angeles Chapter of American Planners Association Great Site For Socal GIS Jobs!
California Chapter of American Planners Association
Mailing/Magazines - Some good leads to GIS Jobs
Directions - Leading Geo Community Magazine
Earth Observations Magazine - Now Professional Surveyor
Western City - Has some listing for GIS Jobs
Utilities/Power/Water/Transit Companies and Departments - Most use GIS software now
Southern California Edison
San Diego Gas & Electric
Snohomish Power Utility District
Public Service Company Of New Mexico
LA Water & Power
Orange County Water District
Orange County Transit
LA Metro Transit Authority
East Bay Municipal Utility District (MUD)
Railroad Company Job Links - Some gis jobs
Oil and Gas Jobs Online
Earthworks-Jobs.com - World Job listings
National Ground Water Association
Agriculture GIS Related Software Companies
SST's Integrated Systems
Land View Softwares
Croplands - The System
Seaports of the World - Ports, shipping, and container company gis jobs are growing fast due to outsourcing
Worldwide Listing Of Seaport Web Pages
Federal Job Links
Federal Jobs Portal
Dept. of Justice
Dept. of Labor
Coast Guard GIS Careers
Homeland Security USA JOBS Portal
Companies suppling GIS software packages to law enforcement
State/County/City Job Links
S.C.A.G. Southern Calif. Areas Government - some gis job postings
Bay Area ABAG site - ABAG members job pages
Alaska Dept. Of Transportation State Jobs
Additional Arizona gis Related Sites
Southern Arizona gis Consortium
Arizona City and County Pages
California Counties and Cities Home Pages
Orange County Jobs
San Francisco Bay Area
Los Angeles County - Official County of Los Angeles Jobs Page
City of Los Angeles City of Los Angeles Jobs Page
Riverside Jobs - Official Riverside County Jobs Page
Orange Co Schools
San Joaquin County Jobs- Official San Joaquin CountyJobs Page
San Luis Obispo Jobs - Official San Luis Obispo Jobs page
City of Ventura Jobs - Official City of Ventura Jobs Page
Fresno County Jobs- Official Fresno County Jobs Page
Placer County Jobs- Official Placer County Jobs Page
County of Yolo Jobs - Official Yolo County Jobs Page
City and County of San Francisco Jobs - Official San Francisco City Jobs Page
Marin County Jobs - Official Marin County Jobs Page
County of Sonoma Jobs - Official Sonoma County Jobs Page
County of Solano Jobs - Official Solano County Jobs Page
Santa Cruz County Jobs - Official Santa Cruz County Jobs Page
Colorado Blm Jobs - They do list some GIS Jobs
All Of Colorado's State Jobs
State of Colorado Dept. of Transportation Jobs
Fresh Baked Denver Job Resources
City and towns locations and links
All Of Idaho's City Home Pages
Clark County Nevada always hiring gis people!
The Rest Of The Counties and Cities
Las Vegas Valley Water District Jobs
* New Mexico
New Mexico Counties and Cities and Counties
New Mexico Links
New Mexico Geographic Information Council, Inc. (NMGIC) - Some GIS job announcements
New Mexico DOIT
King County Washington - Official King County Jobs Page
Pierce County Washington - Official Pierce County Jobs Page
Spokane County Washington - Official Spokane County Jobs Page
Snohomish County Washington - Official Snohomish County Jobs Page
Oregon.GOV Cities, counties and state departments.
County of Washington - job listings (Beaverton,Aloha, Hillsboro, and others)
County of Clackamas - job listings (Lake Oswego, Oregon City, West Linn, Milwaukee; etc.)
State of Oregon - job listings
City of Lake Oswego
City of Salem - Salem Jobs Page opportunities
City Of Portland Job Opportunities
City Of Hillsboro Job Opportunities
City Of Gresham Job Opportunities
City Of Tigard Job Opportunities
City Of West Linn job opportunities
METRO Job Opportunities - (METRO is the regional governing body, they use gis)
City of Vancouver, WA - Just across the Columbia River from Portland, Or.
Portland Fire Bureau
Clark Public Utilities - Vancouver, WA
Oregon State Gis Center - No gis job listings, just information
Oregon Cities and Counties
Utah Dept. Of Transportation
City Of Honolulu Job Listings
Environmental GIS Jobs and Employment Links
E-Jobs Huge site with many gis job site possibilities
The Nature Conservancy - Occasionally posts a gis job
California State Land Commission Jobs
Army Corp of Engineers (ACE)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. D.O.I. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
Society for Conservation Biology
California State College System
University of California System
What Color Is Your Parachute: Job Hunting Online
Consumer Information Center - Employment
Employment and Job search help
CompGeo Personal Edition - Geographic Compensation Salary Career Database Software
DataMasters - Salary Survey
Other places to look for GIS jobs:
Large advertising companies like CBS Outdoors and others HEAVILY use GIS for advertising location and density studies. And the advertising sector pays very well.
Large Hotel/Motel Chains like Hilton use GIS for location and movement studies.
Very small weekly advertising companies such as the PennySaver use gis for distribution research.
The tourism/travel industry uses gis for routing/booking/planning and sales.
The real estate industry uses a ton of custom gis software and they usually need somebody to run it.
Any business that is growing both nationally and internationally needs a gis staff for new business location assessment, sales studies, demographic studies, traffic pattern studies, marketing campaigns, geo coding and other gis studies and research. Hit up any growing companies. You many have to explain what gis is if they are small, but most companies now know and use gis.
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