Cartographer & surveyor

Cartographers and Surveyors design, create and modify maps and charts using scientific and mathematical methods. They map out and accurately position all natural and manufactured features such as regions of land, features, buildings, coastal areas, and underground structures.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse data, compile information and prepare reports regarding land use and survey results
  • Inform and supervise Surveyors, Architects and Engineers of technical data requirements for scaling maps and spatial information tools
  • Organise and manage cartographic technicians in the creation and revision of maps, managing automated spatial information systems to provide accurate information
  • Research and develop new methods and updates for surveying and measuring land areas and information systems such as photogrammetric, cadastral maps and land
  • information systems
  • Specify positioning of requested areas such as coastlines, marine floors and producing digital format of data
  • Use a variety of digital and graphic tools such as satellite imagery, aerial photography, current maps and records, survey records and reports to project map manuscripts
  • Work with governments, companies and organisations to plan and provide information for land subdivision projects, site building plans and survey reports

Skills required

  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Mathematical and Scientific Technical Knowledge
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Strong Attention to Detail

Working conditions

Cartographers and Surveyors typically work a Monday to Friday work week, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to meet with clients or survey land. They typically split their time working in an office setting carrying out administrative functions and on location of land and sites.

Professional associations / Industry information

Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia
Spatial Industries Business Association
Surveying & Spatial Science Institute

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