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Geospatial Technology Competency Model

The Geospatial Technology Competency Model framework was developed through a collaborative effort involving the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the GeoTech Center, and industry experts.

Over the course of 2013-2014, the GeoTech Center and industry subject matter experts updated the model with guidance from ETA to reflect the knowledge and skills needed by today's geospatial technology professionals. For information on the changes from the previous version on the model, download the Summary of Changes.

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Geospatial Technology Competency Model


Geospatial Technology Building Blocks Pyramid

Interpersonal Skills Demonstrating the ability to work effectively with others. Integrity Displaying accepted social and work behaviors. Professionalism Demonstrating commitment to the values, standards of conduct, and well-being of one`s profession. Initiative Demonstrating gumption at work. Dependability and Reliability Displaying responsible behaviors at work. Lifelong Learning Displaying a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge and skills. Reading Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents. Writing Using standard English to create work-related documents. Mathematics Using the principles of mathematics to solve problems. Geography Understanding the science of place and space.  Knowing how to ask and discover where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. Science and Engineering Knowing and applying the principles, rules, and methods of science and engineering to solve problems. Communication—Listening and Speaking Giving full attention to what others are saying and speaking in English well enough to be understood by others. Critical and Analytical Thinking Using logic, reasoning, and analysis to address problems. Basic Computer Skills Using a computer and related applications to input and retrieve information. Teamwork Working cooperatively with others to complete projects. Creative Thinking Recognizing, exploring, and using a broad range of ideas and practices. Planning and Organizing Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks. Problem Solving and Decision Making Applying critical-thinking skills to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions. Working with Tools and Technology Selecting, using, and maintaining tools and technology to facilitate work activity. Checking, Examining, and Recording Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic format. Business Fundamentals Knowledge of basic business principles, trends, and economics. Core Geospatial Abilities and Knowledge Positioning and Data Acquisition Knowledge of the unique geometric and thematic properties of geospatial data, the factors that affect data quality, and data production technologies. Includes data collection, data capture methods and technologies used to collect georeferenced observations and measurements. Analysis and Modeling Knowledge and application of the analytical functions ("exploratory" analyses as well as model-driven analyses) of geospatial software tools. Software and Application Development Design and development of geospatial software and applications, including GIS software products, applications for processing, analysis, or adding value to remotely sensed data, and applications to automate routine tasks and to customize end-user interfaces. Click here to view Geospatial Management competencies Click here to search for O*NET Occupational Competencies Profiles