Andrea Nifong

GIS Technician with McKim & Creed Engineering

BS Environmental Technology, Graduate Certification in GIS

 

What attracted you to your chosen field?

Developing skills and experience with the technology that I feel is essential to the Environmental Consulting/Engineering field.

What do you like best about your field?

The capabilities of using GIS are so vast. Countless fields have utilized its capabilities to make the work they do easier and more accurate.

What personal challenges have you faced?

Working in the GIS field can put you in very delicate situations. It is a debated field that not many people can intelligently converse about. Thus working with people can be challenging when they are asking you for things but arent quite sure what it is they want.

What does the future of your field hold?

This field is growing quickly. GIS is becoming common place in virtually every city in the nation and even internationally. People are paying incredible amounts of money to get systems into a GIS where they can be accurately managed.

What to do to be prepared?

Be prepared for continuing education. The IT field in general and thus the GIS field is forever changing. If interested in environmental applications of GIS, scientific theory in hydrology, soils, climate, and related fields is essential.