Hello. Iím new around here (and new to grad school); this is my first question. Itís not a very profound one unfortunately Ė more of a personal one, I guess.
While I am beginning to understand the importance placed upon GIS abilities, and I see how often it is listed in job announcements as a necessary skill, I am wary as a new graduate student of becoming pigeonholed into being a ďcomputer personĒ or techie. Iíve seen people in my current field (architecture) who are skilled in, for example, 3D Studio Max production, get boxed into that role while not learning about the more substantive aspects of architecture. I understand GIS is pretty fundamental in many aspects of the Planning field (and likewise it would be terribly hard to exist in the architectural profession at this time without being an AutoCAD user), and though I donít particularly love computers per se, I also donít pretend I wonít have to be using computers most of the time anyway. But can anyone confirm the extent to which becoming a GIS Ďexpertí can be in some senses limiting? While I know that you have to start somewhere in a profession, I guess I am just a little afraid that getting GIS coursework experience might force me into becoming someone primarily responsible for the more mechanical aspects of extracting data rather than hopefully interpreting, influencing policy, etc., at some point in my career. Is this a legitimate fear?
Thanks for your comments.