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Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Compile data required for map preparation, including aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports, and original maps.
    • Delineate aerial photographic detail, such as control points, hydrography, topography, and cultural features, using precision stereoplotting apparatus or drafting instruments.
    • Prepare and alter trace maps, charts, tables, detailed drawings, and three-dimensional optical models of terrain using stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment.
    • Study legal records to establish boundaries of local, national, and international properties.
    • Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.
    • Revise existing maps and charts, making all necessary corrections and adjustments.
    • Identify, scale, and orient geodetic points, elevations, and other planimetric or topographic features, applying standard mathematical formulas.
    • Collect information about specific features of the Earth, using aerial photography and other digital remote sensing techniques.
    • Examine and analyze data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images to prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics, and related charts.
    • Determine guidelines that specify which source material is acceptable for use.
    • Build and update digital databases.
    • 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.
    • Select aerial photographic and remote sensing techniques and plotting equipment needed to meet required standards of accuracy.
    • Travel over photographed areas to observe, identify, record, and verify all relevant features.
    Skills
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge
    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $67,880/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $32.64/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 90
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: 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
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Innovation
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Scanners
    • Radarbased surveillance systems
    • Plotter printers
    • Global positioning system GPS receiver
    • Digital cameras
    Technology
    • Map creation software
    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.