Cartographers apply scientific, mathematical and cartographic design principles to prepare and revise maps, charts and other forms of cartographic output.

    You usually need a formal qualification in spatial information services to work as a Cartographer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Cartographers.

    Tasks

    • Designs and compiles map manuscripts using digital and graphical source material, including aerial photographs, satellite imagery, survey documents, existing maps and records, reports and statistics.
    • Advises surveyors and other professionals on the data requirements for map production, and on the aesthetic, technical and economic considerations of scales, details to be illustrated, place names and reproduction techniques.
    • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of cartographic technicians in the production and reproduction of maps.
    • Determines the position of points of interest on the earth's surface including marine floors, and prepares the final product data in digital form.
    • Supervises the preparation of plans, maps, charts and drawings to give pictorial representations and manage automated spatial information systems.

    More about Surveyors and Spatial Scientists

    All Surveyors and Spatial Scientists

    • $1,958 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Cartographers

    • 430 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 49 years Average age
    • 31% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Cartographers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 800 in 2011 to 430 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Cartographers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Mining.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 31% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety43.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services26.6
    Mining7.6
    Information Media and Telecommunications7.3
    Other Industries15.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCartographersAll Jobs Average
    NSW21.331.6
    VIC24.525.6
    QLD17.420.0
    SA3.17.0
    WA24.910.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT5.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCartographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.6-9.39.3
    25-3413.9-22.922.9
    35-4423.9-22.022.0
    45-5429.9-21.621.6
    55-5912.8-9.09.0
    60-6410.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCartographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate14.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree32.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma35.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.0-21.121.1
    Year 1211.4-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.7-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in spatial information services to work as a Cartographer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Cartographers.

    Membership with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Surveyors and Spatial Scientists who work well in a team, are motivated and organised.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Geography

      80% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

    2. Computers and electronics

      66% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    3. Mathematics

      53% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Technical design

      50% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. English language

      47% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Being exact or accurate

      97% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      95% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Spend time sitting

      93% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

    4. Repeating same tasks

      89% Important

      Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

    5. Face-to-face discussions

      89% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

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