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Occupation Title: Cartographers & Photogrammetrists

Description: 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.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 17-1021

Sample Job Titles: Photogrammetric Technician, Stereo Compiler, Compiler, GIS Analyst (Geographic Information Systems Analyst), Digital Cartographer, GIS Manager (Geographic Information Systems Manager), GIS Specialist (Geographic Information Systems Specialist)

 Salary Chart Cartographers & Photogrammetrists

Estimated Total Employment*
2008: 11,690
2009: 11,750
2010: 11,670
2011: 11,240
2012: 11,490

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 6,100
Projected Growth (2010-2020): 20-28%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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