Cartographers and Photogrammetrists collect, measure, and interpret geographic information to create maps and
charts for political, educational, and other purposes.
Cartographers are mapmakers who use principles of cartographic design to make user-friendly maps.
Photogrammetrists are specialized mapmakers who use aerial photographs, satellite images/, and light-imaging
detection and ranging technology (LIDAR) to build models of the Earth’s surface and its features for purposes of
Both Cartographers and Photogrammetrists increasingly are responsible for creating interactive digital maps. In order
to do so, they need familiarity with mapping software used to analyze geographic information system data. They will
frequently work with government agencies or private entities who contract them to make maps of specific areas.
The duties of Cartographers typically includes to collect and create visual representations of geographic data, such as
annual precipitation patterns. They also examine and compile data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs,
and satellite images/ and prepare thematic maps in digital or graphic form for environmental and educational purposes.
They are also concerned to update and revise existing maps and charts. The duties of Photogrammetrists typically
includes to plan aerial and satellite surveys to ensure complete coverage of the area in question and collect and analyze
spatial data, such as elevation and distance. They also develop base maps that allow geographic information system
(GIS) data to be layered on top.
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists spend much of their time in offices, certain jobs require extensive fieldwork to
acquire data and verify results. For example, cartographers may travel to the physical locations that they are mapping
to better understand the topography. Similarly, photogrammetrists may do fieldwork to plan ground control for an
aerial survey and to validate interpretations. Some photogrammetrists may fly in special aircrafts to calibrate cameras
and equipment that take aerial photographs. Most cartographers and photogrammetrists work full time. Those who
do fieldwork often have longer workdays.
Entry Level Education
- Bachelor's Degree in Cartography, Geography, geology, Engineering, Surveying, Computer Science, Earth
Science or a Physical Science. or in a similar related fields.
- Diploma in Cartography.