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Home » Career Mentor » Cartographer
Career Mentor Details of "Cartographer"

Name of The Profession

Cartographer

Who is a Cartographer and what does he/she do?

A cartographer is a person, who is involved in the study and practice of making geographical maps. Combination of aesthetics, science and technique cartography stands on platform where reality can be shown in such a way that spatial information is communicated effectively.

Cartographers are also known as mapping scientists, who use data surveys and aerial photographs to get information about the geography of an area. They create charts, pictures and maps of the world's surface geography by using collected data. Cartography has many sub-groups within it. For example, people involved in coordinating the processes of making maps are called supervisors, and drafters give specifics on structures. Additionally, the one who creates scaled maps representing aerial photos is called a photogrammetrist, while a mosaicist arranges photos in specific sequences. A geographic information specialist to enable the combining of surveying or mapmaking, uses geographic Information System or GIS.

Qualifications Required

A standard degree for this field is a Bachelor of Science in cartography. One may also hold a degree in forestry, geography, surveying or engineering. Some cartographers start their careers as technicians and then enter the field after getting enough experience.

Where can I go and study to become a Cartographer?

       India

  • Osmania University: College of Science, Hyderabad.
  • Anna University, Chennai.
  • University of Punna, GaneshKhind, Pune.
  • University of Madras, Chennai.
  • M. S. University of Baroda, Baroda.

       UK

  • Sussex Downs College
  • Hartlepool College of Further Education
  • Leeds College of Building
  • Hadlow College
  • Filton College

       USA

  • University of Phoenix
  • Ashford University
  • Walden University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Hesser College

Where can I work as a Cartographer?

Cartographers mostly work in government departments and at provincial governments. Some private undertakings and larger municipalities also hire cartographers. One may also work for institutions or people on contract basis as self-employed cartographers.

Potential earning capacity per annum:

The salary package of the cartographer could be somewhere around  85,000 p.a. (Approx).
 
 
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