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29 January 2019 09:51
Career Opportunities Open in GIS Field

Career Opportunities Open in GIS Field

A talk show titled “GIS in the Future” was held in the Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) Information Technology Faculty (FTI) Auditorium, on Thursday (24 January). The event, which was held by the FTI Information Systems Undergraduate Degree Study Program, presented the Head of the LAPAN Imaging Data and Technology Center Dissemination Section, Ir. Rubini Yusuf, M.SI, and Regina Maria Hitoyo, the ESRI Education Team Member, as the resource persons.

The FTI Assistant Dean, Frederik Samuel Papilaya, S.Kom., M.Cs., officially opened the activity the other day. Through his greeting, Frederik S. Papilaya explained that the Geographic Information System (GIS) is strongly intertwined with people’s daily lives. The closest thing is in the online transportation system that is frequently used. However, he admitted that many people still do not understand what a Geographic Information System is.

“This talk show will open our insights more about the Geographic Information System as well as its applications in the future. I hope you learn a lot from the resource persons about the roles and challenges that will be faced by our fellow students when they graduate and enter the work world,” stated Frederik.

In his explanation, Rubini Yusuf mentioned that using the Geographic Information System involves five main components, including mastering software, data, methods, human resources, and hardware. Rubini also explained to the participants about data technology and the uses of remote sensing data as well as the remote sensing image data receiving and recording earth station facility.

“Remote sensing is knowledge in obtaining information about an object, area, or phenomenon that is done through a data analysis that is received by an instrument that is not directly connected with the object, area, or phenomenon being observed. The data can then be used for mitigation and disasters, agriculture, maritime activities, forest fires, fishery, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, layouts, and the like,” said Rubini.

Keep Developing

Rubini also provided examples of using the Geographic Information System that are being more developed and used in various fields like for marketing needs to see which locations have the highest sales levels and are most frequently visited.

In addition, it has environmental advantages to see and compare disaster areas before and after by looking at the damage that occurs. The safety usage is by seeing the location points where accidents often happen. There are also infrastructure, layout, and harvest prediction advantages of using this system.

Meanwhile, Regina Maria Hitoyo revealed that in the future, GIS will be needed even more. This will be needed due to the increasingly complex global changes. At this time, GIS can be integrated with data in social media to produce various beneficial information for its users.

“Of course, you can imagine how technological advancements can be utilized, so that GIS can be continually developed and applied in the future. It is not enough to just learn about theories in the classroom. So, you need to hone your abilities outside of the class. Moreover, there are wide open career opportunities in this field,” explained this GIS specialist.

At the end of her explanation, Regina advised the participants to keep developing themselves and hone their skills by following modern developments. In her opinion, there are still many things that can be developed related with GIS that can help human life. (at/mei_jurkam/chis/upk_bpha/photo:gde_bpha).