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David T

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Thought it was time to introduce myself, as well.

I've been making maps professionally for 7 years now. Got my start in the Geography program at San Diego State University, graduating in 1998. Although I studied GIS, my primary focus was Cartography. Shortly after graduation, I went to work for a mapping company on the California Central Coast.

I spent my first two years getting my feet wet making maps, before I moved into the sales department. I worked in the sales department for two more years, before I decided to move back to San Diego.

At the time that I moved back to San Diego (about three years ago), I had the opportunity to come work for the Environmental office at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. I've been here ever since. As the only civilian government employee that does GIS (we have some contractors that do it), I am the de facto Base Geographer. (Yes, my job series in the federal government is 'Geographer').

I am responsible for managing 'the bugs and the bunnies' - all of the natural resource data. That include archaeological sites, endangered plants and animals, invasive plants and animals, hazardous waste sites, fires, water / wastewater / storm water systems, and other data in those areas. I manage close to 500 layers of data. At 195,000 acres, Camp Pendleton is one of the largest entities within the County of San Diego. All of this is done with GIS, using ArcGIS 8.3.

Occasionally, I have the opportunity to do some freelance work. I have a freelance company - Flat Planet Maps - where I do freelance map production for travel guides, telephone book, etc. This is where I get to continue to flex my Illustrator / Freehand / Photoshop skills. And integrate GIS into freelance map production, too.

Thanks for the chance to introduce myself.
David Toney, GISP
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United States Marine Corps
West Coast Installations

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Welcome to the forum. God knows you've got lots of those bugs, bunnies, and other odd critters running around the base environs.
Glad to have you onboard.
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Welcome, IT is cool that you do freelance work as I am trying to start my own in addition to my full time job, martial arts school and family. I was lucky to have a cartographer classifiaction when I worked for the USGS, but I know plenty who have the Geographer and they didn't mind. I think it is becoming a catch all for mapping and GIS people in federal government.

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I was lucky to have a cartographer classifiaction when I worked for the USGS, but I know plenty who have the Geographer and they didn't mind. I think it is becoming a catch all for mapping and GIS people in federal government.

John

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I agree. Mapping and GIS in the Federal Government has ungone a few different definitions in the last few years, and I don't think anyone has quite nailed it down yet.

Here at my installation, the GIS position is a Geographer. At other Marine Corps installations, the GIS positions are Information Technology Specialists. As you said, though, there are also Cartographers as well.

For me, personally, I enjoy that my degree says 'Geography' and that my job title is 'Geographer'.

As for starting a freelance business - it's not easy. You definitely have to have time to devote to it. You need to constantly keep up your prospect for business, so that you're constantly churning out product (and therefore, bringing in income). You'll get as much out of it as you put into it.

But, you can be successful having a full time job and working as a freelancer, too.
David Toney, GISP
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