The RAF offers more than just a job; it offers an active, exciting lifestyle and a career full of opportunity.
The primary mission of the RAF is to defend our country, but we're also called upon for countless other tasks, from running Search and Rescue missions across the UK to supporting disaster relief operations all over the world.
To carry out our worldwide duties, we need Air Cartographers - map makers who are trained to use the latest digital techniques to create and maintain the maps and charts used by aircrews in the planning of their flying missions.
Air Cartographers need to be meticulous, accurate and have a keen eye for detail. And as we provide full training you don't need to have a cartography qualification. You might have studied geography or geology, or have a background in technical drawing and want to pursue your interests further. You'll be interested in using the latest computer programmes on a daily basis and in working across a variety of different projects.
Depending on the section you work in, you might be planning the transportation route for a VIP, updating the map systems in RAF fighter jets or even supplying information for international combat missions. Once qualified, the majority of our cartographers are based at the Aeronautical Information Documents Unit at RAF Northolt, just an hour from central London.
If you hold three GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and ICT and have been a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland since birth, you could qualify for this exciting career - why not find out more?
The RAF is a high-tech, modern organisation with excellent opportunities for promotion, training and travel. We offer a competitive pay and benefits package including six weeks' paid holiday a year, subsidised food and accommodation, free medical and dental care, and free on-site sports facilities. You'll even be paid while you train.