ESRI Director of Education Says Job Market for GIS Professionals is Strong and Growing

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Aurora, Colo. – June 23, 2011 – Technical professionals planning to earn a degree in geographic information systems (GIS) will want to familiarize themselves with international GIS technology firm ESRI. Known for creating geographic technology that connects cultures and societies, ESRI continues to demonstrate that the job market for true GIS professionals is strong and growing.

According to Michael Gould, Ph.D., the director of education for ESRI, the job market is quite strong for people who are familiar with larger enterprise GIS solutions. He recently heard an estimate of 2,000 open GIS positions in the U.S., mainly in Washington D.C., Colorado and California, and noted that as more geoprocessing functionality moves to the Web, the demand for true GIS professionals to keep all these sites running will be even stronger.

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American Sentinel University Professor Gabriel Schmidbauer says, “ESRI is the Microsoft of the GIS industry. That’s why American Sentinel strongly focuses on teaching ESRI software and developing sound technical skills to position GIS students for success in the industry.”

ESRI software is used by more than 350,000 organizations worldwide, including most federal agencies and national mapping agencies, 45 of the top 50 petroleum companies, all 50 U.S. state health departments, most forestry companies, and more than 24,000 state and local governments. The result: high demand for professionals with GIS degrees.

“ESRI has been the main software player within the GIS industry in the U.S. and much of the world and has by far been the most popular professional GIS software package in the U.S.,” says Professor Schmidbauer. “We put an emphasis on ESRI software – ArcGIS ARCVIEW 9.2 and above. Graduates of the Associate of Science Geographic Information Systems and Bachelor of Science Geographic Information Systems programs are prepared to sit for the ESRI ArcGIS associate-level certification test. Our students are ready to jump into the GIS industry and are positioned to have lucrative careers.”

American Sentinel is one of the few higher education institutions to offer two dedicated undergraduate GIS degrees, not just certificates, which have been offered for more than four years. The university’s GIS associates and bachelors programs teach fundamental business and information technology skills and the specifics of geographic information systems.

American Sentinel’s programs prepare students for entry into the GIS field, but also provide training in information systems that benefit other business areas. Learn more about American Sentinel University’s GIS degrees at

American Sentinel University at ESRI International User Conference Look for American Sentinel University at the ESRI International User Conference July 11 – 15 in San Diego, CA. Stop by and meet the team to learn more about American Sentinel’s GIS degree programs.

American Sentinel will be at the Education User Conference Expo at the San Diego Marriot Hotel and Marina on Saturday July 9, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at booth E117.

American Sentinel will also be at the Academic GIS Program Fair at the San Diego Convention Center on Monday July 11 from 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at booth A114.

Learn more about American Sentinel’s IT distance education programs at

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s online degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, including information technology, computer science, GIS, computer information systems, and business intelligence degrees. It also offers online health systems management and health informatics programs. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.