You can gain the core spatial knowledge and skills that lead to exciting job opportunities by melding science and technology. Too often, professionals are trained in the technology used to administer geographic information science (GIS), but not in the underlying scientific principles which serve as the basis for spatial intelligence. These efforts only scratch the surface of what can and will be possible with adequate training and education in spatial thinking. The skills and ways of thinking involved in spatial analysis are now emerging as prerequisites for making sense of the data-rich, globally connected world-system.
The rapid growth of GIS from its roots in computer science, geography, mathematics and surveying, coupled with the growth and spread of the Web, promise to transform the ways in which geographic information is used in the years ahead with new geospatial datasets, such as LiDAR and new tools and technologies, such as CityEngine.
Tom Zumbado recounts his experience as a career mentor and encourages his fellow geographers to volunteer as mentors during the 2014 Annual Meeting in Tampa.