Cartographers create maps by combining various scientific informations depending of the purpose of the map (e.g. topographic, urban, or political maps). They combine the interpretation of mathematical notes and measurements with the aesthetics and visual depiction of the site for developing the maps. They may also work on developing and improving geographic information systems and may perform scientific research within cartography.

Alternative label

  • cartographic draftsperson

  • cartographers

  • cartographic scientist

  • cartographic research analyst

  • map maker

  • cartographic analyst

  • cartographic drafter

  • cartographic science researcher

  • cartographic research scientist

  • cartographic researcher

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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