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Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Cartographer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Cartographer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Cartographer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Cartographers are in the business of information communication. Cartography jobs are firmly linked with the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, and impact on a vast range of commercial sectors, especially those associated with geo-spatial information.

Cartographers design, compile and revise maps, plans, charts and globes, and work mainly with digital data and imagery.

Cartography technicians assist cartographers in the preparation, maintenance and cataloguing of maps, and may assist in fieldwork projects.

Two areas of employment within cartography can be identified:

  • editorial work - dealing with the design, compilation and evaluation of data
  • production work - the actual making of maps and charts.


Hours and Environment

Hours are usually standard office hours 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. The work is largely office-based.

Skills and Interests

As a cartographer, you should:

  • have an interest in graphics, design, geoinformation and maps
  • be patient, and have an eye for detail
  • be computer literate, as most of the work involves use of technology, including graphic design, geographical information systems (GIS) and mapping software.
  • As a cartographic technician, you should:
  • be able to concentrate for set periods of time, and have an eye for detail
  • have a meticulous and thorough approach to the work
  • be technically minded, and be able to cope with changes in technology.


Entry

Applicants for professional posts as cartographers usually have degrees in cartography, geography, geomatics or related subjects; applicants who have relevant postgraduate qualifications would also be considered. The minimum entry requirements for a degree course are two A levels/four H levels or a BTEC/SQA National qualification, or equivalent. Supporting GCSEs would also be expected.

Applicants for posts as Mapping and Charting Technicians Grade 2 with the Civil Service must have two GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) in appropriate subjects. Grade 1 posts require three GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) or a BTEC/SQA National award in a relevant subject; applicants who have an NVQ/SVQ at the appropriate level in a relevant subject may also be accepted. Trainee Mapping and Charting Officer trainees must have five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) including maths and English, and two A levels/ four H grades.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority

An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Training

Training is normally in-house, and covers a range of IT systems and software packages, in particular, GIS and digital mapping packages.

Opportunities

This is a small area of employment. Most employers use digital cartography techniques, providing some opportunity for computer personnel.

Some of the largest employers include:

  • Government agencies, such as Ordnance Survey, the Hydrographic Office and Military Survey
  • Commercial mapping companies and map publishers.

There are also limited opportunities in other agencies, including:

  • Countryside Commission
  • Cyngor Cefn Gwlad Cymru
  • Highways Agency
  • Forestry Commission
  • Local authorities
  • Oil and gas companies.


A number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) offer opportunities to freelancers to work on specific cartographic jobs and services in mapmaking.

Some university departments offer teaching, research and technician posts.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Cartographers with experience can earn £15,000 or more.
Senior cartographers, and those with management responsibilities, can earn upwards of £20,000 a year.

Further information:

British Cartographic Society
12 Elworthy Drive
Wellington
Somerset
TA21 9AT
Tel: 01823 665775
www.cartography.org.uk


Other Useful Cartographer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Cartographer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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