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Mapping Technicians

Also called: Mapping Technician, Photogrammetric Compilation Specialist, Photogrammetric Technician, Stereoplotter Operator

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What they do:
Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.
On the job, you would:
  • Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
  • Determine scales, line sizes, or colors to be used for hard copies of computerized maps, using plotters.
  • Monitor mapping work or the updating of maps to ensure accuracy, the inclusion of new or changed information, or compliance with rules and regulations.


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


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • using math to solve problems
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • Leica photogrammetry suite LPS software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • 3D Nature LLC Visual Nature Studio
  • 3D Nature LLC World Construction Set
Data base user interface and query software
  • ESRI Personal Geodatabase
  • Microsoft Access


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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