- knowledge of geography
- maths knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent written communication skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- design skills and knowledge
- the ability to work well with others
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
In this role you could be :
- using desktop publishing and specialist computer software
- designing digital or paper based maps
- checking maps and charts are accurate and to scale
- editing maps, adding and removing new roads, structures or landmarks
- collecting and analysing data from remote sensors on satellites and planes
- using GIS to model and analyse landscape features
- plotting the heights and positions of geographical features from aerial photographs
- carrying out topographic surveys of the land and hydrographic surveys of the sea and coastal areas
You could work in an office.
With experience you could become a senior cartographer and manage mapping projects and staff.
If you specialise in working with GIS, you could apply for Chartered Geographer (GIS) status.
You could also work on a freelance basis, but you’ll need your own mapping equipment.