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  • $61,258
  • 12,600
  • 3.2
  • 19.0%
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High school students interested in becoming a cartographer should take courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, drafting, mechanical drawing, and computer science. A cartographer will usually have a bachelor's degree in cartography, geography, geomatics, surveying, engineering, forestry, computer science, or a physical science. (Geomatics combines the science, engineering, mathematics, and art of collecting and managing geographically referenced information.) However, some come into this occupation after working as surveying and mapping technicians.

With the development of GIS technology, cartographers need more education and stronger technical skills, including more experience with computers, than they did in the past. Cartographers must also be adept at web-based mapping technologies including newer modes of compiling data that incorporate the positioning capabilities of mobile phones and in-car navigation systems.

What are Cartographers like?


Based on our pool of users, Cartographers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Cartographers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 250 Sokanu users

Are Cartographers happy?


Cartographers rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 45th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Cartographer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Cartographers

The most common degree held by Cartographers is Geography. 49% of Cartographers had a degree in Geography before becoming Cartographers. That is over 80 times the average across all careers. Environmental Science graduates are the second most common among Cartographers, representing 20% of Cartographers in the Sokanu user base, which is 18.2 times the average.

Cartographer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Cartographer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Cartographers % of population Multiple
Geography 48.8% 0.6% 79.9×
Environmental Science 19.5% 1.1% 18.2×
Geology 6.5% 0.3% 18.7×
Biology 5.7% 3.6% 1.6×
Public Administration 5.7% 0.5% 12.6×
International Relations 5.7% 1.5% 3.8×
Geosciences 4.9% 0.1% 77.4×
Business Management And Administration 3.3% 6.6% 0.5×
Web Design 3.3% 0.4% 8.6×
Business Economics 2.4% 0.8% 3.2×
Information Systems 2.4% 0.5% 4.8×
Linguistics 2.4% 0.8% 3.0×
Economics 2.4% 3.9% 0.6×

Cartographer Education Levels

59% of Cartographers have a bachelor's degree. 21% of Cartographers have an associate's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 19%
Associate's degree 21%
Bachelor's degree 59%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 1%

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Career Attributes

  • $61,258
  • 12,600
  • 3.2
  • 19.0%
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