Four of Eight Emerging Careers for 2013 Demand Geospatial Skills

The eight careers were determined by Yahoo!. They are based on results from the Occupational Information Network, aka O*Net, that monitors trends for the most promising upcoming careers.

I pulled out these four as needing geospatial skills; Yahoo didn't do that part.

Precision Agriculture Technician - This person helps farmers understand how much water or pesticides to use and where the best location to plant crops by using GPS and GIS technology. The projected job growth for this position between 2010 and 2020 is between 10 and 19 percent. The median salary is $43,000.

Logistics Analyst - By using advanced RFID tagging technology, a logistics analyst examines the process of product delivery. This career is on the fast-track for growth, as much as 28 percent by 2020. The median salary is slightly less than $72,000.

Biostatistician -Biostatisticians keep an eye out for patterns of disease emergence and persistence. The projected job growth for a biostatistician is between 10 and 19 percent from 2010 to 2020. The median salary in 2011 was $74,000.

Environmental Economist - In this job, you'll be able to protect the environment by researching the economic impact of policy decisions relating to air, water, land and renewable-energy resources. Most environmental economists have a master's degree or a doctorate. This is a high-earning job as the median salary in 2011 was $90,550.

Published Monday, December 10th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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