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Cartographer

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A cartographer designs, checks and updates geographical information in the form of maps and charts. They usually specialise in land, marine or air cartography. They may also be called geographical information system (GIS) technicians.

The Work

As a cartographer you could be:

As a cartographic technician you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting pay might be around £18,000 to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £30,000. Senior cartographers may earn up to £45,000.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Cartographer:

Cartographic technician:

This is a small profession and entry is very competitive. Job vacancies are listed on the British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers websites. Employers can include local authorities, Ordnance Survey and the Ministry of Defence, as well as map publishers, universities and private companies. As well as cartographer, job titles can include the terms GIS, mapping and geo-information.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3119
1 %
RISE
2023
3150
  United Kingdom
2018
32681
2.4 %
RISE
2023
33470

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What Does it Take?

You need:

You should be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Cartographic Society
Tel: 0115 932 8684
Website: http://www.cartography.org.uk/
Twitter: @bcsweb
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcsweb

Society of Cartographers
Website: http://www.soc.org.uk/
Twitter: @CartoSoc

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