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10 High Paying Careers For Introverts

3. Cartographer

cartographer


$60,930 AVG. SALARY
3.0% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE


Cartography is the science of drawing maps. Maps are used in newspapers, on your smartphone, and with today’s technology have become more interactive and easy to use. Cartographers or photogrammetrists are surveying and mapping technicians. The discipline is a perfect intersection of design and data analysis. There’s an analytical part of the job, which involves pouring over data to find trends and patterns. And there’s also an artistic part of the job, which involves visualizing that data in a design. Although cartographers and photogrammetrists spend much of their time in offices, certain jobs require extensive travel to locations that are being mapped.

Tasks performed by cartographers:

  • Collect geographic data
  • Create visual representations of data, such as annual precipitation patterns
  • Examine and compile data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images
  • Prepare maps in digital or graphic form for environmental and educational purposes
  • Update and revise existing maps and charts

Cartography and geographic information science training

Most cartography hopefuls will get a bachelor’s degree in cartography, geography, civil engineering or another similar field. There are many colleges with cartography degree programs and online cartography courses are often available through master’s degree or certificate programs in geographic information science. While in school, students should develop a familiarity and become comfortable with GIS (geographic information system) technology, but not at the expense of a comprehensive cartography education. Some states and municipalities require cartographers and photogrammetrists to be licensed as surveyors, and some states have specific licenses for photogrammetrists. Employment of cartographers and photogrammetrists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, significantly faster than the average for all occupations. The increasing use of maps for government planning should fuel employment growth. For this reason, job prospects are likely to be excellent.

Top cartography schools and colleges

  • Brigham Young University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Kennesaw State University
  • South Dakota State University

TOP 5 BEST PAYING CITIES FOR CARTOGRAPHERS

Trenton, New Jersey – Avg. salary $91,780
District of Columbia – Avg. salary $89,920
Las Vegas – Avg. salary $88,270
Boston – Avg. salary$81,4 50
Santa Barbara, California – Avg. salary $80,240

 

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