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.

  • PhD Studentships at the British Library

    — News release: 28th January 2019

    The British Library are advertising several placements for PhD students which may be of interest to those with a background in cartography:

    Of particular interest may be a placement titled 'Identifying and using map images in born-digital collections'.

    The deadline for applications is 18 February.

    This is a great opportunity for a student with an interest in geography, maps and digital research to develop their skills and experience through working with the British Library's diverse digital collections.

  • Archive Research Manager

    — News release: 15th January 2019

    The UK Hydrographic Office is a leading centre for hydrography, providing marine geospatial data to inform maritime decisions. We work with a wide range of data suppliers and partners to support maritime navigation, safety, security and marine development around the UK and worldwide.

    We place great value on preserving our history, therefore our archive is home to a priceless and unique collection of charts, artefacts, technical data and books dating back to the 17th century. Our archive team carefully manage this collection, restore documents that have fallen into disrepair and also offer a first-class research service, which enables scholars worldwide to access over a million paper records.

    The Archive Research Manager is responsible for the operation and effective financial management of the Research Service. The successful candidate will be required to provide excellent customer service including advising or arranging specialist research assistance, making presentations to high level international visitors, working closely with the Head of the Archive and other UKHO colleagues. This role will also give the successful candidate the opportunity to improve archive lists or catalogues, for example completing new data sets.

    The post is for 24 hours per week.

    Full details and information on how to apply can be found at

  • Geospatial Analyst

    — News release: 15th January 2019

    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 £26,412

    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 October 2019.


    For more information on the position, interested parties should visit Civil Service Jobs at and search for vacancy 1612117. Closing date is 3rd February 2019.


    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.