What is a geospatial specialist?
'Other Spatial Scientist' is the official term used under the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) for 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
- Geospatial Information Architect.
The Immigration New Zealand long term skills shortage list (LTSSL) now includes the occupation classification 'Other Spatial Scientist'. To meet the qualification and experience requirements of this classification, you need to have:
- a Bachelor degree specialising in Geography or Computer Science
- a minimum of two years of relevant experience with GIS applications.
Employing overseas geospatial candidates
If you’re a New Zealand employer thinking of employing overseas geospatial candidates, visit Immigration New Zealand’s online Employer hub. The hub also has a link to Immigration New Zealand’s 'SkillFinder' database of candidates that you can search and then send targeted candidates details of a geospatial job vacancy.
Joining our geospatial industry from abroad
If you are from overseas, meet the LTSSL qualification and experience requirements above, and want to work in the New Zealand geospatial industry, you should contact Immigration New Zealand.
Geospatial specialists in New Zealand
Check out profiles of people who have moved from overseas to work in the geospatial industry in New Zealand here:
Making an informed decision
To help you make an informed decision we recommend you check out the following links:
- NZ IT jobs videos (including geospatial) from Immigration NZ website
- GIS jobs page from the New Zealand Esri Users Group
- Research into geospatial skills shortage commissioned through Victoria University of Wellington by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Land Information New Zealand
- LocationTech New Zealand represents the Spatial Business Sector in New Zealand and is a strong supporter of developing the spatial industry through skills growth.