Cartographers study, design, produce and distribute digital and conventional maps, charts, spreadsheets and diagrams for public sector and commercial customers. As a cartographer you’ll be involved with the scientific, technological and artistic aspects of developing and producing maps.
Types of cartographer
You can work within a variety of areas, including:
- the military
As there aren’t any undergraduate degrees specifically in cartography, you’ll typically need a degree in a spatial science. Relevant subjects include:
- earth sciences
- geographic information technologies
- geographical information systems (GIS)
- geography and geology
- geomatics and geoinformatics
- land surveying.
A degree in design, and computer science and software engineering can also be useful. Look for courses that include modules or courses in cartography.
Cartographers must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the work, and must have meticulous attention to detail and good IT and design skills. Other key skills necessary are:
- an interest in geography and the environment
- the ability to work independently.
- analytical ability and problem-solving skills
- high standards of accuracy and attention to set procedures
- a keen eye for detail as much of the work involves careful research and the collection and manipulation of data
- an eye for layout and design, good spatial awareness and colour vision
- IT literacy
- teamworking skills in order to produce maps quickly and effectively
- a methodical and systematic approach to work
- the ability to interpret data, graphical representations and symbols