How to become a Cartographic Technician

Cartographic technicians assist cartographers with the analysis of field survey and land management data, aerial photographs and other geographic information sources to prepare maps, plans, charts and diagrams.

Personal requirements of a Cartographic Technician

  • Graphic skills, with an interest in drawing and design
  • Aptitude for working with computers
  • Able to work neatly and accurately
  • Normal colour vision.

Education & Training for a Cartographic Technician

To become a cartographic technician, you usually have to complete a VET qualification in surveying and spatial information services, spatial information services or surveying. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

Duties & Tasks of a Cartographic Technician

Cartographic technicians: • fit data into required mapping formats, using a variety of methods • prepare, edit and revise plans, maps, charts and other drawings, manually or on computers • prepare finished material for reproduction and publication. •

Employment Opportunities for a Cartographic Technician

Cartographic technicians may specialise in topographic maps, which display natural features and relief of land; cadastral maps, which show boundaries of owned land and properties; or thematic maps relating to geographic features. Opportunities exist for graduates to work in both public and private sectors. Employers include mapping and geographic information agencies; mineral exploration, mining, planning and development companies; and city, town and shire councils. Cartographic technicians usually work as part of a team with other professionals and associates. Some cartographic technicians upgrade their qualifications by completing a degree to become cartographers. There is an increasing trend for cartographic technicians to be self-employed contractors.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.1%

NSW NSW 28.2%

NT NT 1.4%

QLD QLD 20.7%

SA SA 4.6%

TAS TAS 2.3%

VIC VIC 30.4%

WA WA 11.4%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 90.3%

Female 9.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 11.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 40.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 27.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 10.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 2.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.3%

20-24 - 4.1%

25-34 - 30.5%

35-44 - 31.8%

45-54 - 19.1%

55-59 - 7.4%

60-64 - 4%

65 and Over - 2.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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