Mapping Technicians

Architecture & Construction > Design/Pre-Construction

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.

Common job titles of Mapping Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 48.22% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 14.35% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Trace contours or topographic details to generate maps that denote specific land or property locations or geographic attributes.

    Supervise or coordinate activities of workers engaged in plotting data, drafting maps, or producing blueprints, photostats, or photographs.

    Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.

    Monitor mapping work or the updating of maps to ensure accuracy, inclusion of new or changed information, or compliance with rules and regulations.

    Produce or update overlay maps to show information boundaries, water locations, or topographic features on various base maps or at different scales.

    Analyze aerial photographs to detect and interpret significant military, industrial, resource, or topographical data.

    Compare topographical features or contour lines with images from aerial photographs, old maps, or other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.

    Research and combine existing property information to describe property boundaries in relation to adjacent properties, taking into account parcel splits, combinations, or land boundary adjustments.

    Identify and compile database information to create requested maps.

    Design or develop information databases that include geographic or topographic data.

    Compute and measure scaled distances between reference points to establish relative positions of adjoining prints and enable the creation of photographic mosaics.

    Determine scales, line sizes, or colors to be used for hard copies of computerized maps, using plotters.

    Produce presentations of surface or mineral ownership layers by interpreting legal survey plans.

    Answer questions and provide information to the public or to staff members regarding assessment maps, surveys, boundaries, easements, property ownership, roads, zoning, or similar matters.

    Calculate latitudes, longitudes, angles, areas, or other information for mapmaking, using survey field notes or reference tables.

    Create survey description pages or historical records related to mapping activities or specifications of section plats.

    Train staff members in duties such as tax mapping, the use of computerized mapping equipment, or the interpretation of source documents.

    Redraw or correct maps, such as revising parcel maps, to reflect tax code area changes, using information from official records or surveys.

    Enter Global Positioning System (GPS) data, legal deeds, field notes, or land survey reports into geographic information system (GIS) workstations so that information can be transformed into graphic land descriptions, such as maps or drawings.

    Research resources such as survey maps or legal descriptions to verify property lines or to obtain information needed for mapping.

    Complete detailed source and method notes describing the location of routine or complex land parcels.

    Trim, align, and join prints to form photographic mosaics, maintaining scaled distances between reference points.

    Identify, research, and resolve anomalies in legal land descriptions, referring issues to title or survey experts, as appropriate.

    Form three-dimensional images of aerial photographs taken from different locations, using mathematical techniques and plotting instruments.

    Lay out and match aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken and identify any areas missing from photographs.



Tablet computers




Pocket personal computers PC


All Tools

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Laser printers

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Engineering scales

Drafting templates

Drafting kits

Drafting compasses


Digital cameras

Desktop computers


3D Nature LLC Visual Nature Studio

3D Nature LLC World Construction Set

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Autodesk 3d Studio Viz

Autodesk AutoCAD Blue Sky

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk AutoCAD MAP3D

All Technologies

Autodesk Land Desktop

Bentley MicroStation

Carlson SurvCADD

Computer aided design CAD software

ESRI ArcGIS software

ESRI ArcView 3D Analyst

Geographic information system GIS software

Hypertext markup language HTML


Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript


Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand

Adobe Systems Adobe Writer

Bentley GeoPak Bridge

Bentley Systems InRoads Suite

Digital elevation model DEM software

ESRI ArcCatalog

ESRI ArcEditor

ESRI ArcGIS (analytical or scientific feature)

ESRI ArcGIS Spatial Analyst


ESRI ArcInfo


ESRI ArcToolbox

ESRI ArcView

ESRI Maplex

ESRI MapObjects

ESRI Personal Geodatabase

Hexagon Geospatial Imagine Photogrammetry

Hexagon Intergraph


Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE


Mapping software

Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA

PCI Geomatics eCognition

PCI Geomatics software

QuarkXpress Passport

RockWare ArcMap


Trimble GPS Pathfinder

Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office

Trimble TerraSync

Tripod Data Systems COGO


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening

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.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

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