GIS Specialist vs Data Scientist

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In the GIS world, Specialist is usually a versatile word meant for somebody with analyst, developer, and geodatabase skills. In this definition, “versus” is a false dichotomy. Honestly, most GIS skills are data scientist skills. Data Scientists are GIS Specialists, only GIS professionals have the specialty of thinking spatially. As a former boss told me, “thinking spatially is a very unique skill”.