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New Zealand searching for spatial scientists to fill skill gap

New Zealand searching for spatial scientists to fill skill gap


July 22 2013: Sustained growth in the geospatial sector in New Zealand coupled with a shortage of residents with digital geospatial skills has led to Immigration New Zealand adding ‘spatial scientist’ to its list of long term skill shortages (LTSSL). The list is used to help identify industries in New Zealand that suffer from a shortage of workers so that suitably skilled migrants can be recruited.


‘Spatial scientist’ is described under the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) as someone who ‘acquires, integrates, analyses, interprets, presents, manages and distributes information about locations in space and time, and develops related equipment, software and services.’  Other terms for people doing aspects of such work include: GIS Developer, GIS Analyst, GIS Administrator, GIS Consultant and Geospatial Information Architect.

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