Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
Your job is to Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.
Common job titles of Cartographers and Photogrammetrists include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
35.73% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
30.02% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Compile data required for map preparation, including aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports, and original maps.
Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.
Determine map content and layout, as well as production specifications such as scale, size, projection, and colors, and direct production to ensure that specifications are followed.
Collect information about specific features of the Earth, using aerial photography and other digital remote sensing techniques.
Delineate aerial photographic detail, such as control points, hydrography, topography, and cultural features, using precision stereoplotting apparatus or drafting instruments.
Prepare and alter trace maps, charts, tables, detailed drawings, and three-dimensional optical models of terrain using stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment.
Identify, scale, and orient geodetic points, elevations, and other planimetric or topographic features, applying standard mathematical formulas.
Study legal records to establish boundaries of local, national, and international properties.
Determine guidelines that specify which source material is acceptable for use.
Build and update digital databases.
Examine and analyze data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images to prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics, and related charts.
Revise existing maps and charts, making all necessary corrections and adjustments.
Travel over photographed areas to observe, identify, record, and verify all relevant features.
Select aerial photographic and remote sensing techniques and plotting equipment needed to meet required standards of accuracy.
Video thermal imagers
Type lettering sets
Remote sensing equipment
Panoramic digital line cameras
Mapping grade global positioning system GPS receivers
Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems
Large-format aerial digital cameras
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Geodetic ground global positioning system GPS receivers
Film processors and editors
Digital image printers
Color inkjet plotters
Color digital camera systems
Aerial imagery mapping-grade global positioning systems GPS
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Computer aided design CAD software
Cosmo Software Cosmo World
Geographic information system GIS software
MultiGen Paradigm Vega Prime
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
Aerotriangulation adjustment software
Arbor Image Draftsman
Bentley Systems InRoads Suite
Boeing Kork Digital Mapping
Corporate Montage CADScript
Digital mapping software
ERDAS ER Mapper
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
IBM iSeries Access
Image analysis software
Image processing software
Intergraph ImageStation Stereo Softcopy Kit SSK
Leica AEROPLAN LiDAR
Master Seafloor Digital Database
Microsoft operating system
Precision analytical aerotriangulation pugging software
Rand McNally World Digital Database
SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise
Software development tools
Standardized general markup language SGML
World Vector Shoreline
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression