In this week’s LiDAR News Chris Zmijewski has written an article entitled, “Career Paths” that I want to call your attention to. Chris had a colleague do some informal research to identify educational opportunities involving 3D laser scanning and LiDAR. The results were not encouraging.
With the exception of the outstanding Geomatics program at Oregon State University and a few others there are not a lot of options for students that might be attracted to 3D laser scanning or to survey engineering for that matter.
In general, the surveying profession is aging with a large percentage of people approaching retirement age. I think it is fair to say that formal educational opportunities are very limited, but some might argue that the demand is not there. To a certain extent it’s the classic “chicken and egg” scenario.
I wonder if some type of grass roots mentoring program, that perhaps focused on high school students might be worth discussing. I am sure the low math and science scores here in the U.S. is a contributing factor.
Thanks to Chris for speaking up about this issue. Hopefully it is just the beginning.