Training Geospatial Application Developers: Gaps and Questions

Authors: Xu Zhang, The University of Illinois, Michael Minn*, The University of Illinois
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: GIS Education,Application Development
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 36
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Programming skills are increasingly important for GIS professionals, and job opportunities in geospatial application development are likely to remain strong despite the tough economic times. However, GIS training programs often incorporate only limited training in enterprise development skills, leaving students unprepared to take advantage of those opportunities. This presentation will look at a case study of one of our students in the University of Illinois Professional Science Master's Program who has been able to transition into geospatial application development. This presentation will explore the training gaps this student was able to overcome, and pose questions about what geography departments might do to address those gaps, as well whether geography departments are the most appropriate places to provide this training.

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