Cartographer / Spatial Information Technician/ Land Information Officer

Cartographers are involved in the scientific, technological and artistic facets of developing and producing and maintaining of maps, charts, plans, three dimensional models and spatial information databases. Traditional methods of map-making have now been superseded by computer based techniques with geographic information systems (GIS) and digital mapping techniques dominating the cartographers role.

Cartographers may work in a variety of areas, including publishing, town planning, tourism, weather forecasting, mine exploration, surveying, conservation and military. The cartographer's role varies widely ranging from making, designing and presentation of topographical maps, to development, processing, storage, and analysis of data for geographical information systems.

Cartographers may perform the following tasks:

  • produce maps, graphics, illustrations and layouts in print and electronic formats;
  • using computers to compile and produce graphs for specialist and general users
  • liaising with surveyors and designers;
  • researching, selecting and evaluating map source data for use in the preparation or revision of maps and charts to various scales;
  • analyse and interpret information from a range of sources (including surveyors' notes, aerial photographs, remote sensing satellite imagery and existing maps and records) and prepare reports;
  • operating a photogrammetric plotting instrument or a digital photogrammetric workstation (DPW), which views the photographs stereoscopically;
  • design, maintenance and manipulation of geographical information (GI) databases;
  • working with geographical information systems (GIS) to see, model and analyse landscape features;