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Map Editor

Map Editor

Map Editor


Main Topic: Environment and Society
Secondary Topic: Places and Regions 

Overview: Map editors identify and verify information shown on cartographic materials such as aerial photographs that are used to produce maps. They must travel over observed area in order to observe and record all cultural and drainage features that are not evident in photographs. The job duties of a map editor have a degree of complexity that requires formal education and training in the form of a diploma or an undergraduate degree, typically in a field such as: GeographyGeologyGeographic Information SystemsGeomaticsCourses in cartography and the cartographic sciences, as well as courses in support areas such as mathematics, computers, photography and communication will be particularly helpful for a career as a map editor. Some typical duties for a map editor include: Verify numbers, names and classes of roadsVerify location and number of railroadsIdentify streams, rivers, lakes, parks and other manmade or natural geographic featuresUse geometry to determine elevation of trees, building and other natural and manmade featuresObtain boundary and other relevant information from city, municipal or regional recordsLocate and verify Regional lines and boundariesMark observations on map overlay, using specified symbolsMay use instruments such as stereoscopes to combine the information from two separate aerial maps. 

Geographers at work: Geographic Information Systems Specialists, Cartographers, Physical Geographers, Geomatic Specialists 

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Cartography 

Skills: Geographic Information Science, Cartography, Computer Programming, Quantitative Methods 

Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Learn more about Geographers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/geographers.htm#tab-1

Written by Christopher Hinojosa