Cartographers prepare maps, charts, and drawings from aerial photographs and survey data. They also conduct map research, developing new mapping techniques, and investigate topics such as how people use maps.

Quick Facts
Duties Collect and analyze geographic data; examine and compile data from ground surveys reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images; prepare thematic maps in digital or graphic form; and revise existing maps and charts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Part-time work as a surveyor's assistant; apprenticeship
  • Drawing/Design
  • Math
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager
  • Cartographer
  • Apprentice Cartographic Drafter or Geospatial Specialist
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician

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