Below is a summary of a recent presentation given by Richard Serby of GeoSearch, Inc. at the 2015 GIS in the Rockies Conference. This presentation was focused somewhat on the state of Colorado, however, there are national numbers included as well.
The Good News
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the following for occupational growth in the United States through 2022. It is especially interesting to note that occupations requiring an apprenticeship or internship will grow faster than any other occupational field.
Occupation and Employment
Projected industry employment is distributed among occupations based on how industries are expected to use those occupations.
Of the 30 occupations projected to have the largest percentage increase between 2012 and 2022, 14 are related to healthcare and 5 are related to construction.
The 30 occupations with the largest projected increase in employment from 2012 to 2022 will account for 7.4 million new jobs, almost half of the total projected employment growth.
Job seekers who are interested in the geospatial science such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Photogrammetry, Satellite Imaging, Aerial and Land Surveying, Remote Sensing, Software Development and related technologies and sciences are in a very good position for entry-level to senior level career opportunities.
Because the uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year. (Geospatial Information & Technology Association)