Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

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What do they do?

Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.

Also known as:

Aerial Photogrammetrist, Cartographer, Cartographic Designer, Cartography Technician, Compiler, Digital Cartographer, LIDAR Technician (Light Detection and Ranging Technician), Mapper, Orthophotography Technician, Photogrammetric Technician, Photogrammetrist, Stereo Compiler, Stereoplotter Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Cartographers and Photogrammetrists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 5.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #14 in job growth rate
  • 50

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #7 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (3%)
  • Master's degree (10.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (67.1%)
  • Associate's degree (4.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (9.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.9%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Create maps.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
  • Calculate geographic positions from survey data.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
  • Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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