Australia facing shortage of geospatial professionals

Australia facing shortage of geospatial professionals

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Australia: Australia is not keeping up with the booming demand for Geospatial professionals, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Professor, Chris Rizos, has told a world surveying congress in Sydney. Professor Rizos said, “Technology has revolutionised the world of surveying and spatial information in general, but we can no longer meet the needs of industry and government here.
A recent US survey suggested that people with these skills are now required across 146 of the fastest growing occupations.”

According to Professor Rizos, technologies like GPS, airborne and terrestrial laser scanners, satellites and 3D imaging are now in huge demand across the entire economy. Further, he added, “Universities right across the country are struggling to attract enough young men and women in to this rapidly growing field. A major problem here is that Australia’s pool of surveyors and spatial professionals is also aging, with only 20% of the profession being in their twenties, the lowest proportion ever.”

“Sectors using geospatial technology are exploding. It includes satellites, agriculture, climate, disaster response, urban planning, navigation, consumer electronics, telecommunications, environment, mining, manufacturing, construction and global security, to name just a few,” continued Professor Rizos.

Source: iDM