Collects, analyzes, and interprets geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Researches, studies, and prepares 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resources pathway.
A person in this career:
- Determines map content and layout, as well as production specifications such as scale, size, projection, and colors, and directs production to ensure that specifications are followed.
- Inspects final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.
- Revises existing maps and charts, making all necessary corrections and adjustments.
- Compiles data required for map preparation, including aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports, and original maps.
- Prepares and alters trace maps, charts, tables, detailed drawings, and three-dimensional optical models of terrain using stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment.
- Delineates aerial photographic detail, such as control points, hydrography, topography, and cultural features, using precision stereoplotting apparatus or drafting instruments.
- Builds and updates digital databases.
- Examines and analyzes data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images to prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics, and related charts.
- Identifies, scales, and orients geodetic points, elevations, and other planimetric or topographic features, applying standard mathematical formulas.
- Determines guidelines that specify which source material is acceptable for use.