[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: "GRASS not in demand, says PennState"

Michael P. Gerlek mpg at lizardtech.com
Tue Oct 26 14:35:49 PDT 2010

I just read part two of this Q&A article, which also has some bearing on this audience:

> Q: Most of the jobs I've seen require 3-5 years of GIS work experience to apply. How do I get those first 3-5 years?
> A: Direct contact with potential employers and internship opportunities.

Hey, kids: hanging out in the open source ecosystem is also a great way to get experience!

I would love to see new college grad resumes that list a whole bunch of classes BUT also include lines like "the X project website contains two tutorials I wrote" or "submitted a patch to the X project which was included in their 1.2 release".


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> Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] "GRASS not in demand, says PennState"
> Directions Magazine just published a Q&A about the state of geospatial jobs
> and occupations with some folks from Penn State in which this question
> appeared:
> > Are you seeing positions requiring knowledge of open source software
> such as GRASS?
> Two of the panelists answered.  One said
> > More generally, the ability to create custom software solutions - whether
> proprietary or open source or a combination of the two - is in high demand.
> which is a good, healthy response.  But the other said
> > Not seeing positions posted with GRASS.
> which is disappointing of course, but probably not surprising.  Would have
> been interesting to see if any other open source keywords (qgis?
> mapserver? Osm?) ever got any hits with them.
> http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/geospatial-occupations-qa-part-one
> -mpg
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