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.

  • Gulf History Map Curator and Cataloguer

    — News release: 15th April 2019

    The British Library leads and collaborates in growing the world’s knowledge base. We are engaged in a major partnership with the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Library to digitise and make available material relating to the history of the Gulf and Arabic scientific manuscripts. We are a multi-disciplinary programme that includes conservation, content specialists, translation, and imaging staff.


    The partnership is about to begin its third phase. We will be delivering an additional 900,000 fully searchable and contextualised digital images, made freely available via the dedicated portal at and selected from the library’s archive collections, including the India Office Records and Private Papers, Sound, Maps and Arabic Manuscript collections.


    This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the curatorial team and to research, scope and catalogue cartographic material from the Library’s collections that is related to the Gulf and its environs. You will also be responsible for identifying and investigating copyright and other intellectual property rights in material selected for digitisation, as well as identifying data protection and sensitivity issues.


    You will have a relevant first degree or equivalent experience, experience cataloguing cartographic material within an online system using national and international cataloguing and/or metadata standards (including knowledge of copyright as it relates to cartographic material) and employment experience in a research library, academic or other appropriate environment.


    As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At present we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.


    In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits. Our pensionscheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


    For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 02661

    Duration: Full-time, fixed term for 24 months

    Closing date: 6 May 2019

    Interview date: 15 May 2019


  • Strategy Researcher – Digital Mapping

    — News release: 12th April 2019

    Over the next few years, the National Library of Scotland has ambitious digital goals, including expanding digitisation as well as the development of new services, applications, and ways of delivering digital content.

    This exciting new post will research the ways in which the Library can develop its digital map services and collections to obtain the maximum value, in terms of reputational and financial benefit to the organisation, as well as social and economic benefit to the wider world. It will investigate current and potential audiences for digital mapping, who the major competitors are, examine possible partnerships, and produce a report with recommendations.

    The work will involve liaising with key personnel and stakeholders inside the Library, as well as meeting with relevant commercial institutions, creative industries, academia and other relevant sectors outwith the Library.

    Job details: Full time (37 hours per week), fixed term for 6 months, salary £27,777, Civil Service Pension.

    The closing date for applications is Friday 3 May 2019 and interviews will be held on Monday 20 May 2019.

    Further details at:

  • Infographic Designer

    — News release: 1st April 2019

    Zoopla is looking to recruit a visual designer (with data visualisation capabilities) to take ownership of a brand new role within one of the largest and most exciting businesses in the UK. Zoopla’s mission is to be the first place that people visit when they want to make smarter property decisions - and rich, engaging, original, creative visualisations are a key part of realising that vision.

    Working out of Zoopla’s office in the shadow of Tower Bridge, your visualisations, whether they are simple cartograms or something that puts the Minard graphic to shame, will be the foundation of a new content strategy across Zoopla. If you’re a visually strong designer who thrives on telling stories with data, get in touch!

    Key responsibilities

    • Ownership of the strategy, design, creative direction, and production of data-led visual design to be used across the Zoopla portfolio of digital properties
    • Collaborate with Zoopla’s Head of Content and stakeholders from SEO, Product, and Brand to develop creative visualisations that help forward the company’s mission
    • Create and own best practices to accelerate output and impact of data visualisation at Zoopla
    • Wrangling some of the richest and deepest data repositories in the country into useful visualisations, presentations, and dashboards

    Essential skills

    • Strong experience in crafting visually engaging and clear visual design
    • Strong experience with planning, researching, designing, and creating data-led visualisations from complex data sets
    • Good knowledge of the UK property market - ideally you have created property, area, or demographic visualisations before
    • Good experience with parsing, scraping, and wrangling new or noisy data sets
    • Exposure to Python and SQL
    • Exposure to Tableau, Power BI, Carto, or similar
    • Exposure to analytics (GA, Omniture, etc.) and reporting (slides, dashboards, etc.)
    • Exposure to CMSes
    • Exposure to data journalism, data science, or related areas
    • Exposure to journalistic principles
    • Exposure to data-led and/or visual journalism
    • Exposure to public relations and what makes a good story

    Essential skills

    • 25 days holiday + BH
    • Private health and dental
    • Gym on site in London – or membership in regional offices
    • 7.5% pension contribution by the company
    • Free breakfast and afternoon snacks
    • Friday night drinks
    • Discretionary annual bonus up to 10% of base salary
    • Birthday day off, move house day off
    • Training and development
    • Referral bonus up to £5K
    • In house massage/nail treatments

    To apply, go to