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Cartographer (Intelligence)

United States Intelligence Community

October 29, 2007

Cartographers collect, generate, and analyze imagery intelligence and geospatial information. Some of their most important responsibilities include geospatial data manipulation, conversion, and transfer; geospatial product development; imagery manipulation; mathematical and geodetic analysis, testing, and evaluation; and database and software design. Throughout their careers, Cartographers may use their expertise in several different disciplines including cartography, geology, earth sciences, astronomy, geodesy, navigation, photogrammetry, computer science, physical geography, and other related sciences.

Skills and Knowledge Required

Cartographers typically possess general knowledge of cartography, computer science, geodesy, geology, photogrammetry, remote sensing, oceanography, geography, land surveying, geophysics, and astronomy. General skill areas include mathematics, operations analysis, reading comprehension, complex problem solving, equipment selection, critical thinking, and science. More specific skills include quality assurance, geospatial data manipulation, photo interpretation, hardcopy geospatial product editing, imagery manipulation, and scanning/digitizing. For a complete description of skill and knowledge requirements, please review the job vacancy announcements posted on Community members’ websites.

Education, Licenses, and Certifications Required

Intelligence Community agencies typically prefer applicants for Cartographer positions to have at least at Bachelor’s degree.

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