[BLOG] The Best Websites for GIS Jobs

  • Posted on: 24 May 2017
  • By: Kirstin Rochel

Are you in search of a GIS job but don’t really know how to get your foot in the door? It sure can be difficult to find job portals for specific fields when you don’t really know what to look for. And networking seems to be the best way to find a job nowadays, but how does one go about that?

This is exactly how I felt when I first started applying for GIS jobs. I am an undergraduate geography student at UCLA with a focus in GIS. Currently, I'm doing a part-time GIS internship at an environmental consulting company and hope to find a full-time position after I graduate next month. Applying for jobs and internships has been very time-consuming and frustrating at times but I have learned many valuable lessons from the process of submitting nearly one hundred applications.

I have discovered several ways to find an entry level job in the GIS field. First, there are some great job search websites out there that I would like to share with you. If you are interested in finding a position in Southern California, you should take a look at SoCalGIS. Not only do they post new job announcements on a weekly basis, but they also list several other job search websites for GIS-related positions in California and the entire United States. Another website that shares posts for jobs on a national level is the GIS Jobs Clearinghouse. Here you can find job openings that are updated daily. You can either browse through all the openings sorted by the date the job was posted or via a map, which allows you to narrow down your search to a specific location.

The websites MyGISJobs and GetGISJobs allow the user to limit their search to a region or a job category. This is particularly useful if you are looking for a specific position. Whereas MyGISJobs gives the user only the option to specify either a region or a job category, GetGISJobs actually allows searching by location and keyword at the same time. This means that a more narrowed search is possible with GetGISJobs. However, both websites provide many listings and are constantly updated. One of the biggest advantages is that you are able to subscribe to their newsletters to get emails when new jobs become available.

Similarly, GIS Gig provides the same search criteria as GetGISJobs, but it also offers additional resources, such as information about GIS conferences and events, learning material, and GIS industry news. This website is not only great for users who are searching for jobs but also for users who are just starting to learn about GIS.

If you are interested in academic GIS and remote sensing jobs, you may want to take a look at Earthwork-Jobs. Here you can find job opening from all over the world, which makes this website particularly suitable for people who are interested in working and researching abroad. An advanced search tool that lets you search by category, city, country, keyword, and even company is available as well. In addition, you can search through many other academic fields besides GIS and remote sensing. So, if you have a very specific location or research area in mind, this is the website for you. The American Association of Geographers (AAG) Jobs in Geography Center is also a valuable source for academic job postings.

Of course, there are many other general online job portals available that allow you to extend your job search beyond traditional GIS jobs. One of my favorites is Indeed.com. Although it lists many jobs that are posted on the aforementioned sites, sometimes you can find some great opportunities here as well. And if you create an account, you can submit your application with only one mouse-click. Also, do not disregard your social media accounts to find a GIS job. LinkedIn and Facebook can serve as network portals to connect you to the right companies and people to get your foot in the door. Even Twitter can help you find the newest openings. In fact, I use Twitter as a job alert tool. All you have to do is follow some GIS job search websites on Twitter and you will get a notification if they tweet a new job post.

Another option to connect with other GIS users is to get to know your local or state GIS community. You can network at your local URISA chapter and join a GIS user group. Sometimes, they offer great opportunities for students at conferences and you might get to know some people who will be happy to help you find your first GIS gig.

These portals should help you get started on your job search. The next step is to find out which job categories apply to you based on your experience and interest. It can be tricky to figure out what type of job you are even supposed to look for. Are you considered a GIS Analyst or a GIS Technician after you graduate? It would definitely helpful to know what to look for when trying to apply for jobs, which is what I will discuss in a subsequent blog post next week. Stay tuned!