Do geographers really need to learn computer programming?

Type: Workshop
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell, Coline Dony
Chairs: Coline Dony


In this workshop, we will provide a summary of the benefits of learning computer programming for your job prospects, geography projects, and/or research and graduate school. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on barriers and challenges to learning computer programming. We will end the workshop by sharing resources you can use as a geographer to learn computer programming.

Students from across the geography spectrum - from those interested in Human and Social Geography to those interested in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences - 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 undergraduate geography programs offer training in computer programming, many employers on today’s job market 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 3:20 PM

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