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Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Quick Facts : Cartographers and Photogrammetrists*
2010 Median Pay$54,510
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201213,800
Job Outlook22% (Faster than average)
Employment Change3,100

Cartographers and photogrammetrists measure, analyze, and interpret geographic information to create maps and charts for political, cultural, educational, and other purposes. They are general mapmakers who compile data from multiple sources and then use principles of cartographic design to make maps.

What Cartographers and Photogrammetrists Do

  • Collect and analyze geographic data, such as population density, demographic characteristics, and annual precipitation patterns
  • Examine and compile data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images to prepare thematic maps
  • Prepare thematic maps in digital or graphic form for social, environmental, political, business, educational, and design purposes
  • Revise existing maps and charts to make corrections, adjustments, and updates
  • Plan aerial surveys to ensure proper coverage of the area in question

Work Environment

Cartographers and photogrammetrists spend most of their time using computers while working in offices. Cartographers typically do fieldwork to collect and verify data used in creating maps. Photogrammetrists do fieldwork to plan ground control for an aerial survey and to validate interpretations.
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Job Outlook

Employment of cartographers and photogrammetrists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010, the average salary of cartographers and photogrammetrists was $54,510.
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Becoming a Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

A bachelor's degree in cartography, geography, geomatics, or a related field is the most common path of entry into this occupation. Some states require cartographers and photogrammetrists to be licensed as surveyors, and some states have specific licenses for photogrammetrists.
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