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Career as Cartographer

 

DESCRIPTION of Cartographer:

 

As a cartographer you will interpret the world around you using art, science and technology. You’ll produce maps for anything from walking and driving to maps used in industry or the military. If you have a keen interest in maps, have patience and an eye for detail then this job may offer what you’re looking for. You’ll need to have a good awareness of the world around you and excellent computing and IT skills. Your art and design skills will also help you to produce maps in a variety of ways, such as online, digital and printed media. To work as a cartographer, you will usually need a degree in a relevant subject. You can also get into a cartography career with experience gained in the army or the Royal Air Force (RAF)

 

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job responsibility of Cartographer

These could include:


• political maps
• satellite navigation or satnav maps
• road atlases
• climate maps
• tourist maps
• globes
• geological maps
• maritime charts.

On a day-to day basis you will typically :
• use desktop publishing and specialist computer software
• design maps for different media, like digital or paper based maps
• check that maps and charts are accurate and to scale
• edits maps, add and remove new roads, structures or landmarks
• collect and analyse data from remote sensors on satellites and planes
• work closely with surveyors and designers
• use geographical information systems (GIS) to model and analyse landscape features
• plot the heights and positions of geographical features from aerial photographs
• carry out topographic surveys of the land and hydrographic surveys of the sea and coastal areas.

These could include:


• political maps
• satellite navigation or satnav maps
• road atlases
• climate maps
• tourist maps
• globes
• geological maps
• maritime charts.

On a day-to day basis you will typically :


• use desktop publishing and specialist computer software
• design maps for different media, like digital or paper based maps
• check that maps and charts are accurate and to scale
• edits maps, add and remove new roads, structures or landmarks
• collect and analyse data from remote sensors on satellites and planes
• work closely with surveyors and designers
• use geographical information systems (GIS) to model and analyse landscape features
• plot the heights and positions of geographical features from aerial photographs
• carry out topographic surveys of the land and hydrographic surveys of the sea and coastal areas.

These could include:


• political maps
• satellite navigation or satnav maps
• road atlases
• climate maps
• tourist maps
• globes
• geological maps
• maritime charts.

On a day-to day basis you will typically :


• use desktop publishing and specialist computer software
• design maps for different media, like digital or paper based maps
• check that maps and charts are accurate and to scale
• edits maps, add and remove new roads, structures or landmarks
• collect and analyse data from remote sensors on satellites and planes
• work closely with surveyors and designers
• use geographical information systems (GIS) to model and analyse landscape features
• plot the heights and positions of geographical features from aerial photographs
• carry out topographic surveys of the land and hydrographic surveys of the sea and coastal areas.

 

 

 Employment Opportunities for Cartographer:

 

Most cartographers are employed by commercial companies. There are also cartography opportunities within mapping authorities like Ordnance Survey and other organisations like the Ministry of Defence, the Met Office and the Department of Transport. You can also work for local authority planning departments, oil and utilities companies, universities, commercial map publishers and the British Geological Survey. With experience you can work on a freelance basis, although you will need your own mapping equipment to do this. Jobs are usually advertised in the national press and specialist industry journals and websites. Vacancies in government departments are also on the Civil Service website.

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How to become Cartographer?


 

To work as a cartographer, you will usually need a degree in a subject related to cartography. These can include:


• geography
• geographical information systems (GIS)
• surveying and mapping science
• earth sciences
• geophysics
• oceanography.
Other degree subjects like surveying, civil engineering, or graphic design are also accepted by employers. They can help you to gain skills that are relevant to cartography like an understanding of science or the ability to analyse and work with data. 
It is not essential to have experience to start working in cartography. Although, any experience you gain may improve your career prospects. You can gain experience through work placements, or by completing a year in industry during your degree. Some organisations such as Ordnance Survey offer internships and graduate schemes. You can also approach commercial organisations to see if they offer similar opportunities. 
 

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Median Pay Scale/salary of Cartographer :


Remuneration depends on qualifications and who you work for - a qualified person can expect a starting salary of around Rs. 10,000 - 15,000 per month. Overseas organization are known to pay around Rs.500,000-Rs.1,000,000 per year. With experience of two years, one can earn Rs.50,000 per month or more.

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