Someone wishing to be a geospatial scientist must have a strong interest in mapping and in the environment. Good reading and listening comprehension is crucial for geospatial scientists. The ability to understand the needs or desires of the client from written and oral reports is crucial. Without a clear understanding of this information, the wrong data may be collected, thus wasting resources. A geospatial scientist must also be able to communicate effectively with all related staff and clients. Being able to relay findings, both orally and in writing, must be done with effective communication so that all parties are on the same page.
Being able to think critically by using reasoning and logic to point out a solution’s strengths and weaknesses is also an important asset. A geospatial scientist must also have good judgment and decision-making skills as things in the field do not always align with things on paper. Another trait that makes a person a good geospatial scientist is the ability to relate events or pieces of data that are seemingly unrelated to solve a problem.
Being able to not only establish but also maintain relationships with both co-workers and clients is also something required in this field. Exact and accurate collection and analysis of all data are also necessary for any geospatial scientist. Working as a part of a team and meeting strict deadlines both weekly and daily is another requirement.
Introduction to GIS, introduction to geocomputing, GIS applications, and spatial and GIS analysis are just some of the courses that a person seeking a career as a geospatial scientist must take. A four-year degree in geospatial science, geography, or related physical science is all one needs to enter the field. The University of Texas, Dallas, Missouri State University, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and the University of North Alabama, all offer degrees in those fields. The ASPRS has more information on training, education, and trends in the field of geospatial science.