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3/12/2019 » 3/13/2019
2019 Federal Programs Conference - Capitol Hill Day

Federal Issue: Workforce Development
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Workforce Development

       America is facing an impending crisis. The average age of a surveyor in the U.S. is 58. Surveyors are retiring and leaving the workforce faster than the new generation is entering. The number of individuals currently enrolled in 2-year or 4-year degree programs in surveying and related geospatial curricula, those sitting for state licensing examinations and those passing the examinations are at an unsustainable level. Moreover, colleges and universities are facing a critical shortage of American PhD instructors in surveying.  Several universities that recently conducted searches for professors in the geospatial field had very few applicants and rarely are the applicants U.S. citizens or proficient in speaking English. Future economic growth, home ownership and other important national priorities will be adversely impacted if a new generation of surveyors and mapping professionals are not recruited to enter the workforce. A partnership between government and the geospatial community is needed to develop effective recruiting strategies, create pathways to higher education and professional employment, and ensure there is adequate preparation in academia to staff university faculties and foster the continued development of 4-year degree programs.


View the issue paper on workforce development.