Profession cartographer

Cartographers prepare and revise digital, graphic and pictorial maps, charts or other visual representation of, natural and constructed features and boundaries of land, seas, underground areas and celestial bodies, applying scientific and mathematical principles.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Conventional

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  • Cartography

    The study of interpreting the elements depicted in maps, the measures and technical specifications. 

  • Geography

    The scientific discipline that studies the land, phenomena, characteristics and inhabitants of Earth. This field seeks to understand the natural and man-made complexities of Earth.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Geomatics

    The scientific discipline that studies gathering, storing, and processing geographic information.

  • Geographic information systems

    The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

  • Topography

    Graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map indicating their relative positions and elevations.


  • Draft legends

    Draft explanatory texts, tables or lists of symbols to make products such as maps and charts more accessible to users.

  • Execute analytical mathematical calculations

    Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.

  • Handle geospatial technologies

    Can use Geospatial Technologies which involve GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing) in the daily work.

  • Create thematic maps

    Use various techniques such as choropleth mapping and dasymetric mapping to create thematic maps based on geospatial information, using software programmes.

  • Compile GIS-data

    Gather and organise GIS-data from sources such as databases and maps.

  • Apply digital mapping

    Make maps by formatting compiled data into a virtual image that gives a precise representation of a specific area.

  • Collect mapping data

    Collect and conserve mapping resources and mapping data.

  • Use geographic information systems

    Work with computer data systems such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • Create GIS reports

    Use relevant geographic informations systems to create reports and maps based on geospatial information, using GIS software programmes.

  • Improve user-friendliness

    Research and test new methods to make a product such as a website or map easier to use and understand.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform scientific research use digital illustration techniques process collected survey data design customised maps legal research surveying methods operate scientific measuring equipment use cad software geology conduct quantitative research study aerial photos apply desktop publishing techniques archive scientific documentation collect data using gps photogrammetry use traditional illustration techniques desktop publishing geodesy scientific research methodology assist scientific research design graphics identify customer's needs use software for data preservation report analysis results ict system programming conduct scholarly research perform surveying calculations surveying remote sensing techniques conduct field work

Common job titles

  • Gis cartographer/analyst
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  • Software development engineer - cartography