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A Study on the GIS Professional (GISP) Certification Program in the U.S.

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Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences, South Dakota State University, 1101 Medary Ave., Brookings, SD 57007, USA
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Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland School of Public Health, 4200 Valley Drive Suite 2234, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76234, USA
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(9), 523; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090523
Received: 6 July 2020 / Revised: 23 August 2020 / Accepted: 29 August 2020 / Published: 1 September 2020
This study examines the characteristics of the members in the most popular Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional (GISP) certification program in the United States as well as the spatial patterns of the certified GISPs. The results show that the majority of GISPs (97.3%) are located in urban areas. About 75% of the GISPs are male. Among all the GISPs, 3971 GISPs (43.3%) play a managerial role, while 4983 individuals (54.5%) assume a non-administrative role. Among the GISPs with a non-administrative role, 348 GISPs (7%) fall within the GIS Developer group, 3392 GISPs (68%) belong to the GIS Analyst group, and 1243 GISPs (25%) play other roles. Additionally, in our analysis of spatial patterns, we identified two hotspots and two coldspots. The first hotspot is centered around Idaho and Wyoming, while the second hotspot includes Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. One coldspot is along Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana in the central U.S., while the other coldspot includes states such as Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York on the east coast. The information presented in this study can help GIS educators and practitioners develop a better understanding of the current state of this certification program in the U.S and shed light on how to further improve the GISP certification program. View Full-Text
Keywords: GIS certification; GIS education; spatial analysis; professional development GIS certification; GIS education; spatial analysis; professional development
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Li, D.; Li, Y.; Nguyen, Q.C.; Siebeneck, L.K. A Study on the GIS Professional (GISP) Certification Program in the U.S. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 523. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090523

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Li D, Li Y, Nguyen QC, Siebeneck LK. A Study on the GIS Professional (GISP) Certification Program in the U.S. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2020; 9(9):523. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090523

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Li, Dapeng, Yingru Li, Quynh C. Nguyen, and Laura K. Siebeneck 2020. "A Study on the GIS Professional (GISP) Certification Program in the U.S." ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 9, no. 9: 523. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090523

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