The San Bernardino Business Press (Knight Ridder) offers an article about the prospects of veterans in today’s job market. One highlight: jobs in GIS. The article offers these stats about ESRI’s hiring of vets:
[ESRI] has tapped hundreds of personnel from the military to help develop software, said Bill Harp, defense market manager.
In 2005, 10 percent of the company’s new hires were military veterans, said Cindi Peterson Tompkins, director of administrative services. Veterans with geographic information systems knowledge are appointed to various departments, including education and development, Tompkins said.
I suppose that’s good news for the Department of Labor, which predicts shortages of geospatial talent down the road.
GIS and related technologies are highlighted in an article from Computing on IT jobs in tranportation.
In road transport, the key demand is for people with skills in tracking and positioning technologies.
Such expertise is being used increasingly in both road passenger transport – to optimise bus scheduling and provide passengers with timely information at bus stops, for example – and in road haulage.
Butler Group’s Davis says the whole aspect of tracking and positioning has come to the fore.
‘There is a lot of requirement for skills around dealing with geographical information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), and integrating them with overall customer relationship management systems,’ he says.
‘Companies such as FedEx track not just their parcels, but all their vehicles as well. The whole issue of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags is also becoming very hot.’
Accenture’s Cruz says people who understand tracking technologies, from very simple radio frequency tracking to very complex GPS systems, will be in great demand.
‘The potential downside of things going wrong can be so costly that many of the freight companies are willing to spend considerable amounts of money on systems that help assure cargo gets to its destination on time,’ he says.
I appreciate that different levels of understanding is highlighted. Not everyone need be a programmer!
In Philadephia, a consultant who worked to get a GPS contract for taxi tracking recently took a job with the company that ultimately won the bid. David Boonin consulted to the Philadelphia Parking Authority and selected Taxitronic of New York City to install a $3.5 million GPS system. Boonin took in $584,000 over three years. According the city, a public official would be barred from such a deal for a year, but as a consultant, there was no legal restriction. Some suggest there’s an ethical breach, however.