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Cartographers & Photogrammetrists

Also called: Photogrammetrist, Cartographer, Photogrammetric Technician, Compiler

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Engineering Aid; Engineering Aid Basic; Imagery Intelligence Analyst; Intelligence Specialist; Naval Imagery Interpreter; Strike Analyst

What they do:
Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.
On the job, you would:
  • Determine map content and layout, as well as production specifications such as scale, size, projection, and colors, and direct production to ensure that specifications are followed.
  • Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • Revise existing maps and charts, making all necessary corrections and adjustments.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Mapthematics GeoCart
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Aldus FreeHand
Analytical or scientific software
  • Boeing SoftPlotter
  • Kork digital mapping system KDMS software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$57,440
per year, on average
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