The Geospatial Industry Workforce Information System, a pilot project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through a $700,000 grant to "define and communicate geospatial industry workforce need," launched a website at www.giwis.org . Currently focused on Colorado, the site was designed by the Geospatial Information & Technology Association and the Association of American Geographers to be a model site for other locations. The site is designed as a one-stop resource for finding geospatial jobs, qualified employees, educational resources, schools, industry data, salary information, and more.
According to the latest research from Daratech, Inc., a leading market research firm for the information technology industries, the market for GIS and geospatial equipment, software, and services continues to increase. The company forecasts that worldwide revenue will reach $3.6 billion this year, up from $2.82 billion in 2004.
The growth is driven by sales of commercial data products and the emergence of desktop- and Internet-based systems, Daratech reports. Software developers comprise more than half of this projected revenue ($1.5 billion), with three vendors (ESRI, Bentley, and Intergraph Corp.) accounting for about half of the industry’s total software revenues.