Should I hire a geographer or a computer scientist for this job?

Type: Workshop
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell, Coline Dony
Chairs: Coline Dony


In this workshop, we will provide data on jobs for geographers and trends regarding needs for programming skills. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on the new skillset geography graduates require. We will end the workshop by sharing resources employers can use to train their geographers with necessary computer programming skills.

Any employers - from big corporations to small associations - who hire geographers are invited to attend this workshop.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few geography graduates receive training in computer programming, many employers in the geospatial technology industry face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Coline Dony 100 1:20 PM

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