According to P&S market research, the global GIS job market is set to grow from around $9 billion (2016) to $17 billion by 2023. Public sector and geospatial work are expected to make up the bulk of this growth. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the fields of cartography and photogrammetry specifically will continue to boom with a growth rate of about 19%.
Other applications that will continue to be in-demand in a range of government and business settings include ARC GIS and AutoCAD, surveying, land assessment, environmental assessment work, urban planning, and visualization.
With such a high demand for GIS specialists, department managers, hiring managers, HR departments, and leaders in other Geography-related, engineering and tech fields may continue to struggle in their search for qualified, competent staff. With much of this work being project-based, employers and job seekers can expect to see many of these positions advertised as contract work.
If you are a GIS specialist who is on the fence about hiring or being a contract worker, you’ll want to consider the following.