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Overview

Cartographers apply scientific, mathematical and cartographic design principles to prepare and revise maps, charts and other forms of cartographic output.

Day-to-day

  • designs and compiles map manuscripts using digital and graphical source material, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, survey documents, existing maps and records, reports and statistics
  • advises surveyors and other professionals on the data requirements for map production, and on the aesthetic, technical and economic considerations of scales, details to be illustrated, place names and reproduction techniques
  • supervises and co-ordinates the work of cartographic technicians in the production and reproduction of maps
  • determines the position of points of interest on the earth's surface including marine floors, and prepares the final product data in digital form
  • supervises the preparation of plans, maps, charts and drawings to give pictorial representations and manage automated spatial information systems.

To become a Cartographer

Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • AutoCAD

  • Surveys

  • Planning

  • Global Positioning System (GPS) Equipment Operation

  • Geographic Information System (GIS)

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