The Learner's Guide to Geospatial Analysis

Chapter 1 Overview


The Geospatial Intelligence Professional

The Geospatial Intelligence professional is a “knowledge worker” or “symbol analyst” (a term used by the U.S. Department of Labor) who carries out multi-step operations, manipulates abstract symbols, addresses abstract and complex ideas, acquires new information, and must remain mindful enough to recognize change. Successful knowledge work, like all work, requires study and practice. Professionalism in the area calls for broad experience and understanding of the entire Intelligence Community. The individual who is only interested in geospatial technology, as central as it is to the discipline, is not fully a Geospatial Intelligence professional. Nor is the technical expert in GIS or remote sensing ipso facto a Geospatial Intelligence professional.