Cartographer | Selby College
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Cartographers collect information about the geography of an area to design and produce maps, charts and plans.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £45,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • 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.

You can find out more about a career in cartography from the British Cartographic Society and Ordnance Survey.

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