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A cartographer designs, checks and updates geographical information in the form of maps and charts. They work in either 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:


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

Starting pay might be around £18,000 to £22,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £30,000. Senior cartographers may earn up to £47,000 a year.


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Getting In


Cartographic technician:

This is a small profession and entry is very competitive. Job vacancies are listed on the British Cartographic Society website. 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.

What Does it Take?

You need:

You should be able to:


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