Cartographic Technicians

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Cartographic Technicians

Cartographic Technicians - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, surveying and mapping technicians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They talk to other team members, but also spend time alone analyzing data.
  • Communicate by telephone, e-mail, and in person on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos but less frequently.
  • Are responsible for the work done by those they supervise.
  • Usually work as part of a surveying or mapping team.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors. Mapping technicians work indoors most of the time.
  • Travel to and from sites in a car, truck, or van.
  • Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that might be loud or distracting.
  • May be exposed to very bright sunlight.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot or cold temperatures when working outdoors.
  • May share the same work space with others.
  • May be occasionally exposed to hazardous equipment and situations.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and highly accurate in their work. A mistake on a survey or a map can be very expensive.
  • Make decisions that affect others on a weekly basis. They can make most decisions without talking to a supervisor, but do seek advice from time to time.
  • Determine most, but not all, of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.
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  • Repeat the same mental and physical activities.


  • Generally work 40 hours per week.
  • May work longer hours in the summer, when there are more hours of light and the weather is better.
  • May work evening or night shifts, if a mapping technician.
  • Usually work a set schedule, but may travel several times per year. This mainly applies to survey technicians who work for construction or mining companies.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.