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Spatial Graduate Programs - Career Opportunities

Information Technology Careers Generally

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In Maine and New England, see Maine Technology Association

Spatial Information Engineering Careers

Graduates are both self-employed and employed throughout business and government in a broad range of spatial information management and system development positions. Jobs are numerous, varied and well paid. Many past graduates are involved in advancing spatial technology itself; developing software and systems to enhance the ability of individuals, business, government, and industry to better utilize location information, sensors and mobile systems in their daily tasks. Other graduates are involved in more traditional areas of managing land information systems, producing maps and digital databases through the application of geospatial technologies and techniques, or managing, developing, and preserving land. Yet others are involved in managing information about the environment, transportation and other utility systems. Regardless of choice, careers are rewarding and intellectually stimulating.

Information Systems Careers

Both industry and government offer a wide variety of positions in information systems practice. As the complexity of modern computer-based systems has increased, there is growing demand for information systems skills.

In employment, the capable information systems specialist may be given responsibility for development of systems architecture, system standards, database design and implementation, network design, the overall system development plan, integration, integrated testing, or operational management of information systems. The responsibilities often involve managerial duties, development of proposals, financial planning, and interaction with the client, with correspondingly greater financial rewards than are available in less critical aspects of the work. Breadth of knowledge and ability to communicate well are both especially important, as the information systems professional must deal with specialists as well as non-technical individuals.

Demand for Information System Analysts, Designers and Engineers Generally

The demand for graduates of graduate-level information systems programs both in-state and nationally is high. Information technologies are key to enabling the growth of businesses. Individuals in all areas of private and public enterprise rely on information systems for communication, planning, control and decision support. The advanced knowledge provided by graduate-level information systems programs is needed across a wide range of commercial settings. While the market-place demand for students with graduate course work in information systems is already high, the demand for such skills is predicted to steeply increase in the years ahead.

For major employment classifications germane to this graduate program, employment opportunities are expected to increase much faster than average. (See Computer Systems Analysts, Information System Managers, Engineers, Scientists and similar careers germane to your own background at A national salary survey for information system professionals and the computer industry in general shows that graduates will be highly valued in the economic marketplace.

The future business climate in Maine and the rest of the nation will be characterized by rapid technological change, intense global competition, faster product life cycles and more complex, specialized markets. In such an environment the information needs of organizations are increasingly complex and rapidly changing. Individuals with information systems expertise who can design and develop information systems, manage sophisticated information resources, work on interdisciplinary teams and communicate effectively with business managers, engineers and other end-users are in short supply. A major goal of our graduate programs is to produce individuals who can make significant contributions to economic development by ensuring that businesses have the expertise needed to remain competitive.


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Spatial Information Science and Engineering
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 348
Orono, Maine 04469-5711
Phone: (207) 581-2188 | Fax: (207) 581-2206
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469