Cartographers design, prepare and revise maps, charts, plans, three-dimensional models and spatial information databases.

Where cartographers are employed

Cartographers work in federal, state, territory and local government organisations, statutory authorities and private companies involved in land use, planning and management.

There is a demand for specialist skills, ranging from systems development (designing and building geographic databases, spatial management and analysis tools, and web delivery systems) to the application of geographic information systems to provide specialist solutions in environmental, business and development activities.


Full-time cartographers in South Australia generally earn between $1,250 and $1,600 or more per week.

Graph of pay scales for cartographer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 16 people employed full-time as cartographers in South Australia compared with 133 in 2006.

How to become one

You can start out as a cartographic technician with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in spatial information services.

To be a cartographer you can gain a degree with a major in geographic, spatial or geospatial information systems; geographical, spatial or geospatial science, geography, geomatics or surveying.

At school consider doing English, biology, earth and environmental science, physics, chemistry, physical sciences and maths. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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