Flexibility: Low

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: If you thought map making went the way of the horse and buggy, think again. The technology has changed, of course, but the need for skilled people remains high.

Amava Take: There may be a greater appetite than ever for knowing exactly where we are going and how long it might take. Gone are the days when the person riding shotgun follows the windy road in the Thomas Guide with an index finger, yet many people use navigation systems even in their own neighborhoods. Consequently, cartographer jobs and other geography-related positions are growing—the satellites can’t do all the work!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

Qualified map geeks!

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Always spend time making sure you know the software and the way the employer uses it before you start a project.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Sometimes project-based, sometimes part-time, sometimes freelance and sometime full-time.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Accurately depicting a place that hasn’t been recorded before is a great feeling.

How would you describe the hard parts?


What’s your favorite Trivial Pursuit category?

Obviously, the blue!

Special Requirements: Generally you will need a degree in geography or Geographic Information Systems. Information about this interesting career is easy to find on various platforms.

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Finding a Position: Geography jobs are listed on more than one specialized website. Search cartographer or GIS on larger job or freelancer boards for listings near you as well.