Geographic Information System (GIS), the next big thing in the job market


By
Agendra Kumar

The socio-economic landscape of the world is changing at an unprecedented pace and so is the IT landscape owing to the outbreak of COVID-19. As social distancing seems to be the best way to combat the contagion, companies today are working towards putting new processes and systems in place which is transforming both the IT architecture and delivery methodology. Geospatial technology is at heart of this transformation.

Geospatial Technology enables us to visualise patterns, complexities, relationships and associations – bringing it all together to the ‘Science of where’, empowering us to understand and respond intelligently during a disaster situation and build a sustainable society. GIS enables organisations to access the information and data they need from any device, anywhere. Healthcare, governance, infrastructure, emergency management, and commerce are but a few of the beneficiaries of this geo-analytical revolution.

Similar is the adoption of GIS technology-based applications in the government departments at both state and national level. Various programs launched by government for infrastructure development, urban transformation, education, water and agriculture are using GIS based dashboards. Today, lot of data comes through IoTs and other means, this data can be integrated with GIS systems and used by government departments for the identification of areas that require more support, delivery of services and monitoring the progress.

Some of the new technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data & IoT are becoming main stream in the private sector, however GIS technology has already become an integral part of IT infrastructure across businesses. Various sectors such as banks, insurance companies, automobile, real-estate, construction, retail and logistics have already integrated GIS technology in their IT infrastructure and are leveraging it in providing better products and services to their customers. Such applications of GIS are expected to grow further across core business processes such as site selection, territory planning & optimisation, dealer management, customer segmentation, optimisation of distribution networks and supply chain. With GIS at the core, there are enormous GIS based roles which are making its way in corporates.

As the adoption of GIS technology intensifies revolutionising the decision making across industries today, it is creating more jobs and new roles than ever. India is geared up for the next phase of growth in the sector, it presents an optimistic scenario for future opportunities in GIS. In this context it is pertinent for the students to expand horizons, acquire right skills and explore an exciting and stimulating career in the area of geographic information system.

The author is the President at Esri India.



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