Working As A Spatial Professional

Where Do They Work?

Spatial refers to place, space or location. Since everything is "somewhere" on the earth's surface, spatial information and spatial technologies have broad ranging and important uses. The spatial industry helps us understand our world, its people and solve issues relating to the environment, hazards and development from a community to a global scale. Wouldn't you like to be involved in creating the world of tomorrow?


Spatial technology can be found answering everyday questions across an incredibly diverse array of occupations and sectors. Anywhere where somebody needs to know "where is", "what is the area of" or "how far is" something, there will be someone working with spatial technology to provide a solution.


There are two main types of spatial professionals - surveyors and people involved in the spatial sciences. Surveying involves the use of a range of the latest in technology to record the location of features from something as insignificant as a fence-post to illustrating the centre-line of thousands of kilometers of pipeline. You will find them out and about on mines, boats, highway upgrades, in your street, or out in the bush.





Spatial science is a much broader term for professionals using spatial technology to look at the relationships between features. You can find professionals applying spatial science almost anywhere, from helping farmers with their crops to giving police the right tools to track crime.


Everything happens somewhere, and there is generally a job for someone to capture its location, analyse its significance and publish it to others in the form of a map, website, drawing or hand waving description.



Spatial In The Real World - Cool Apps

Google Maps

Google MapsGoogle is now so easy to use and embedding maps into any application is arguably now the de facto cartographic standard on a global level.





TwitterThe recent disasters have shown that through Twitter and geo-location information about anything can be tagged to a location. There are heaps of apps that now leverage twitter to aggregate information about what's happening in the world, like






UshahidiAn open source crowd-sourcing information platform used in emergencies. It's interactive and has been widely deployed in Australia's disaster emergencies.





NeatStreetsThis cool app allows anyone to capture issues around their neighbourhood and have it sent off to the relevant authority.




Open Street Map

Open Street MapThis app has been around for a while now and continues to grow. It now has some of the most up to date information mapped into the system that demonstrates the power of community-driven mapping.





RunKeeperFor the fitness minded, this app keeps track on your exercise. Maps are created via distance, elevation and time on GPS assisted phones.





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