Cartography Majors

Cartographers measure and analyze the Earth's surface to produce maps of all types, including the computerized interactive maps used by global positioning systems. Learn about courses and careers in cartography, and check your options for online learning in this field. Schools offering Culture & Media Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Courses Will I Take as a Cartography Major?

As a cartography major, you will learn how to use data from geodetic surveys, remote sensing systems and photographs to produce traditional and electronic interactive maps. You will develop skills in spatial analysis and the computer processing of remote sensing and vector data. Your curriculum will typically cover the main areas of cartography, such as geographic information systems (GIS) through courses in the following:

  • Geographic methods
  • Earth science
  • Map construction
  • Physical geography
  • Remote sensing
  • Computer cartography
  • Weather and climate
  • Environmental science

In addition to the core cartography courses, you will need to complete general education requirements. These typically include classes in calculus, finite mathematics, analytic geometry and computer programming.

Common Courses Map construction, mathematics, computer programming, cartography, environmental science
Learning Environment Traditional classroom and hybrid programs are available
Possible Careers Surveyor, cartographer, photogrammetrist

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

Online bachelor's degree programs in cartography are unlikely to be available. As another option, you may be able to take general education courses online and then complete your degree in cartography on campus. However, master's degree programs and graduate certificate programs in this field are available as 100% online programs. These programs require you to have earned a bachelor's degree in geography or cartography for acceptance.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

After earning your bachelor's degree in cartography, you may work as a cartographer, climatologist or GIS specialist for a variety of industries. Potential employers may include the following:

  • Utilities companies
  • GIS and remote sensing software companies
  • State or federal mapping agencies
  • Homeland security or intelligence agencies
  • Engineering firms

Some states may require you to become licensed as a surveyor prior to beginning work as a cartographer. Typical licensing requirements consist of a series of written exams developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicted that career opportunities for cartographers and photogrammetrists (who make maps based on photographs) would increase by 29% from 2014-2024 due to an increasing demand for accurate and complete geographic data. In May of 2014, the annual median salary for cartographers and photogrammetrists was $60,930.

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