Cartography is the business of making maps. The terms ‘mapmaking’ and ‘cartography’ essentially mean the same thing: taking geographical information and transforming it into a map. A map is a graphic which shows a simplified picture of some of the features of part or all of the world. Our definition of cartography describes it as the ‘art, science and technology’ of mapmaking — a useful definition since it shows that cartography covers many disciplines and involves people with a range of skills. Making maps is an exciting and creative profession.

There are various courses available that include a module or element of Cartography and we have compiled a guide to becoming a cartographer here.

Jobs that are advertised for Cartographers will appear on these pages.

  • Geospatial Analyst, Defence Geographic Centre

    — 5th January 2018

    The Defence Geographic Centre (Feltham, West London) is seeking suitable candidates to fill the role of Geospatial Analyst, providing maps and geographic information to UK Defence and supporting on-going operations. Annual salary is £25,945.

    Applicants must be a UK National and pass an online Assessment Exercise as part of the recruitment process.

    Start of employment dates are negotiable but due to the nature of the required pre-employment checks successful candidates are unlikely to take up post prior to November 2018.

    For more information on the position, interested parties should visit Civil Service Jobs at and search for vacancy 1563085. Closing date is 21 January 2018.

    Successful applicants will join the Geospatial Analyst professional group and will be provided with extensive opportunities to develop core skills and functional subject matter expertise.

    For further information, please contact Mark Appleby of DGC's Workforce Planning group

  • Special Instructional Officer, RSMS

    — 12th December 2017

    Job description

    SIO GIS is responsible to Burnham Lecturer GIS (Applied) for:

    a. Delivering instruction on MSc, BSc, FDSc and Defence courses.
    b. Ensuring the provision of GIS and related technical and educational material for student learning.
    c. Participation in RSMS quality assurance and implement any recorded actions in consultation with BL GIS (Applied).
    d. Maintaining technical proficiency and currency.
    e. The development and issue of appropriate assessment tasks for GIS related topics.
    f. Maintaining professional links with appropriate institutions, academic and/or military organisations and industry.
    g. Support and supervise student research projects as appropriate.

    SIO GIS is to perform the following tasks:
    a. Prepare and mark coursework, assessments and examinations.
    b. Advise and where appropriate provide input to student reports, as required.
    c. Prepare, review, maintain and revise appropriate learning resources and documentation.
    d. Technical and administrative support work in connection with the efficient delivery of modules and courses.

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  • Maplines editor

    — 31st August 2017