Who are they and what do they do? The task of cartographer is to make maps, charts, and three-dimensional models for a variety of purpose. (They may also be known as map makers or charting officers.) Those who work on maps of the sea may be known as hydrographic cartographers. Those who survey the land to collect data on which the maps are to be based may be known as cartographic surveyors.
What are the activities of the job? Collecting data about the face of the earth in the particular area and about objects surveyed in the field using aerial photos or photos from satellites - inspection and adjusting of geodetic optomechanical instruments - recording values measured in the terrain into their own drawings, then saving the data in computerised geographical information systems - producing maps using cartographic data by means of a computer and printer (not only in printed form, but also - more often nowadays - in computerised form) - cooperating in editorial revisions of maps - negotiating with customers about the required form of maps - managing the whole process of cartographical work - creation, keeping, and management of the database files with cartographical data.
Where is it done and under what conditions? In offices and drawing offices as well as out on the land, where the will be various weather conditions, and time away on longer business trips must be expected.
What tools/equipment do they use? The tools most commonly used include maps, optomechanical measuring instruments, drawing equipment for map creation, planimeters, computer technology, writing and drawing supplies.
What do you need to succeed? You need to have completed secondary, higher or university education, spatial awareness, punctuality, arithmetical skills, ability to work in a team, and good eyesight.