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.

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Quick Facts
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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
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Part-time work as a surveyor's assistant; apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Drawing/Design
  • Math
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager
  • Cartographer
  • Apprentice Cartographic Drafter or Geospatial Specialist
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician

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