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Cartographic Technician

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 10 Preferred Year 12 Preferred University Course

Also known as Cartographic Drafter.

Cartographic technicians assist cartographers with the analysis of field survey and land management data, aerial photographs and other geographic information sources to prepare maps, plans, charts and diagrams.


    Cartographic technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • fit data into required mapping formats, using a variety of methods
  • prepare, edit and revise plans, maps, charts and other drawings, manually or on computers
  • prepare finished material for reproduction and publication


  • graphic skills, with an interest in drawing and design
  • aptitude for working with computers
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • normal colour vision
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VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 10 Preferred Year 12 Preferred University Course

To become a cartographic technician you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in surveying and spatial information services, spatial information services or surveying. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.


Cartographic technicians may specialise in topographic maps, which display natural features and relief of land; cadastral maps, which show boundaries of owned land and properties; or thematic maps relating to geographic features.

Opportunities exist for graduates to work in both public and private sectors. Employers include mapping and geographic information agencies; mineral exploration, mining, planning and development companies; and city, town and shire councils. Cartographic technicians usually work as part of a team with other professionals and associates.

Some cartographic technicians upgrade their qualifications by completing a degree to become cartographers. There is an increasing trend for cartographic technicians to be self-employed contractors.

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