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17-1021 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists



Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 205$33.57/hr$26.37/hr$28.45/hr$31.81/hr$37.31/hr$43.99/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
InformationN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services280$31.30/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration130$34.35/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Central Minnesota N/A$33.89/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State 10$33.53/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$32.58/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$31.81/hr15.4%
Southeast Balance of State 20$29.14/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$29.28/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$29.48/hr26.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 310$32.75/hr26.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 320$32.79/hrN/A
Minnesota 430$32.36/hr26.1%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 750$28.80/hr13.6%
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 310$32.38/hr8.0%
Architectural and Civil Drafters 1,970$26.39/hr9.9%


  • Determine map content and layout, as well as production specifications such as scale, size, projection, and colors, and direct production to ensure that specifications are followed.
  • Identify, scale, and orient geodetic points, elevations, and other planimetric or topographic features, applying standard mathematical formulas.
  • Prepare and alter trace maps, charts, tables, detailed drawings, and three-dimensional optical models of terrain using stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment.
  • Compile data required for map preparation, including aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports, and original maps.
  • Collect information about specific features of the Earth, using aerial photography and other digital remote sensing techniques.
  • Delineate aerial photographic detail, such as control points, hydrography, topography, and cultural features, using precision stereoplotting apparatus or drafting instruments.
  • Study legal records to establish boundaries of local, national, and international properties.
  • Compile data required for map preparation, including aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports, and original maps.
  • Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • Study legal records to establish boundaries of local, national, and international properties.