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Geoinformatics career opportunities
Geoinformatics is the science of managing massive amounts of data in relation to geographic references with the aid of various technological tools.
A powerful tool, Geoinformatics is used to create maps, integrate information, visualize scenarios, present ideas, and develop effective solutions. The core to this technology is Web Map Services (WMS) which utilize Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.) and spatially-enabled databases. The results can be used in fields as diverse as environmental management, disaster prediction and management, logistics and asset management. As an example, Geoinformatics researchers construct in-depth computerized models for building structures by using
data available from various sources. These models are invaluable to engineers seeking to develop houses and buildings with a greater structural integrity for earthquake-prone areas, and may even lead to the development of new building materials which are secure against a number of different types of natural phenomena.
Education and Skills
Studies in this field are, generally, offered at post graduate level. Many universities offer PG Diploma in Geoinformatics; some may also offer M.Sc. or even M.Tech in this field. Eligibility for these courses is graduation with science subjects. Those having an interest in mathematics and computer programming can really enjoy this course.
These programmes are intended to educate students about project management, related law and policy, apart from remote sensing (RS) & Global positioning System (GPS) and modeling techniques. The programme also offers elective courses like landscape ecology, integrated impact assessment,
Environmental modeling, watershed management, and climate change to understand the interdisciplinary applications of this tool.
• Good writing skills - for documentation, training and processes.
• "Hands-on" experience.
• Good analytical/problem solving skills and creative.
• The ability to think and solve problems.
• Good knowledge of cartography, GIS, database management and programming.
• Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
• Genuinely enthusiastic about learning, pushing technical limits and finding new solutions.
• Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun http://www.iirs-nrsa.gov.in
• Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics, Pune http:// www.sigpune.com/
• Institute of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing, Kolkata http://www.igrs-gis.com/
• TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) University, New Delhi http:// www.teriuniversity.ac.in/
• Regional Remote Sensing Service Center (RRSSC), ISRO at Kharagpur, Dehradun, Jodhpur, Nagpur and Bangalore, http://www.isro.org/
• Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU), Hyderabad. http://www.jntu.ac.in/
• Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Roorkee http:/ /www.iitr.ac.in/, Kanpur, Kharagpur
• Bharati Vidyapeeth's Institute of Environment Education & Research, Pune Http://environment.bharati vidya peeth.edu/
• Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, http:// www.bitmesra.ac.in/
• M.D.S. University Ajmer http:/ /www. mdsuajmer.com/
• Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh) http://www.nannayauniversity.info/
• Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur http:// mlsu.ac.in/
• Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri http:// www.mangaloreuniversity.ac.in/
These professionals usually start with the salaries of Rs. 15,000- 20,000 per month.
Public sector organizations like ISRO, NRSA, National Informatics Centre (NIC) and other governmental departments like urban developmental authorities and municipal bodies employ these professionals at various levels. However, one can also join private companies involved in the development of in-car navigation systems, automatic vehicle location systems, transportation planning and engineering, environmental modeling and analysis, urban planning, telecommunications, agriculture and public health. Those interested in further studies can pursue research which becomes highly beneficial for future career development.
The knowledge of Geo¬informatics is becoming a driving force behind the overall socio-economic development of the" nation, thus creating a growing need for professionals in the field of Geoinformatics.*