In the Air Force:
Aerospace Medical Service; Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Persian; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Chinese; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Spanish; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, B-52; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, EC-130 Compass Call; Education And Training Superintendent; Geospatial Intelligence Journeyman, Imagery Analyst; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist Craftsman; Targeting Analyst Journeyman, Targeteer
In the Army:
AVENGER Crewmember (USAR/NG only); Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember; Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Technician; Construction Engineering Technician; Fire Control Specialist; Geospatial Engineer; Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst; Indirect Fire Infantryman; Joint Fire Support Specialist; Special Forces Engineer Sergeant; Technical Engineer
In the Marine Corps:
Critical Skills Operator; Engineer Assistant; Field Artillery Operations Man; Field Artillery Sensor Support Marine; Geographic Intelligence Specialist; Imagery Analysis Specialist; Intelligence Specialist; Operations Chief; Reconnaissance Marine; Target Mensuration Analyst; Targeting Acquisition Officer
In the Navy:
Advanced Strike and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Mensuration Analyst; Engineering Aid; Engineering Aid Basic; Geospatial Information and Services (GIandS) Officer; Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Analyst; Geospatial Intelligence Analyst; Hospital Corpsman; Intelligence Specialist; Intelligence Specialist Basic; Strike Warfare Intelligence Analyst; U.S. Navy (USN) Targeting Specialist
Calculating the curve for a new road… locating a mine… or finding the boundaries on a piece of property… all rely on the efforts of surveying and mapping technicians, who collect data and make maps of the Earth’s surface. Surveying technicians help surveyors and engineers take—and document— measurements of the land. They place stakes and search for previous survey points such as stone markers. Surveying technicians typically work full time, outdoors, in all types of weather. They stand for long periods, and may walk and climb hills carrying heavy instruments. They may need to commute long distances, or even relocate to a worksite temporarily. Mapping technicians help cartographers and photogrammetrists create maps from information databases, as well as edit and process images collected from the field. Mapping technicians typically work full time. They generally use computers in office environments, and may travel to courthouses or lawyers’ offices for research resources. Some specialize in Geographic Information Systems —or GIS— to convert data about a location into a digital format for wider use. Most surveying and mapping technicians work for engineering, surveying and mapping firms or for local government in the highway or planning department. Most surveying technicians have a high school diploma or equivalent, and learn on the job from a surveyor. Mapping technicians need experience with GIS, and often have a related associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
What they do:
Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist, to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps.
On the job, you would:
Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
Design or develop information databases that include geographic or topographic data.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
product and service development
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
reading work related information
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
read and understand what is written
communicate by speaking
choose the right type of math to solve a problem
add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
put together small parts with your fingers
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Map creation software
Tripod Data Systems COGO
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