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Old 04-19-2010, 03:46 AM
 
Location: Munich, BY, Germany
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I'm from Germany, have a Dipl.-Ing. degree (equivalent to MSc) in geodesy and geoinformation and am currently working on my PhD in the field of radar remote sensing.

In the future, I could possibly imagine living and working in the United States, at least for some time. Does anybody know a region where there are some companies or research institutions in my field? I'm just curious if there's some kind of "cluster" or such.

I may need to add that my woman works in the advertising business, so a city with internationally successful agencies would be a big plus.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:34 AM
 
Location: The Lakes
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gjc.org has a map of open positions.

If you're willing to work in a field not directly related, a high international or doctoral degree can get you a very high pay grade working for the federal gov. - look at usajobs.gov and look into teaching as well!
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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That's easy: Portland Oregon. They pay experienced GIS analysts 30 dollars an hour, to start. Most are over 35-37 an hour. Your PhD will be helpful with regard to education. Private sector GIS value experience more, however, government puts much more credence in educational attainment.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Munich, BY, Germany
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Thanks for your answers! I hadn't realized government jobs are so well paid in the US. Teaching wouldn't be a problem for me as I have been giving lectures for some time.

This fall I'm gonna travel to the Pacific Northwest, then I'll have a look at the area wether Oregon / Washington would suit me. Actually I was looking for some place in warmer regions, maybe even in the old south.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Munich, BY, Germany
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From what I've found out before (and what I see affirmed in the map at gjc.org), the D.C. area seems to be a real hot spot for geoinformation specialists...
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: The Lakes
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D.C. and TEXAS

Texas has numerous opportunities, especially with the oil boom, it also has amazing weather. Portland doesn't have that many jobs and is a very cool (in temperature) city.

D.C. can have bad winters but is nice to visit in the summertime, at least.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: IN
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I know a lot of websites advertise GIS jobs and analyst positions, but the competition is incredibly fierce in the private sector. The public sector (govt jobs) seems to have more openings at the present time with pay grades varying dependent on skill level.
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