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Mapmaker

Do you like working on puzzles with small pieces? Are you good at giving directions or describing places? You might think about becoming a map maker. Scientists who make maps have many different skills. Some gather data about the geography of an area. Others make three-dimensional models of landforms. Still others use data and models to draw the maps with computerized mapping programs. There are things you can do right now to prepare for this job. Learn about Earth's land and water. Play games that require you to solve a problem. In high school, take math, science, and computer classes. Then, get a college degree.

Surveyor
Website by Bureau of Labor Statistics offering: brief overview of the job, education needed, salaries, and job prospects.

Mapping the Grand Canyon
The tens of thousands of maps that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) produces are made on computers by teams of specialists in the earth sciences, such as cartographers and geographers, and computer experts who often have no formal training in the natural sciences.

Surveyors, Cartographers, Photogrammetrists, and Surveying Technicians
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Cartographer
Australian career website that offers a brief overview of the job, education needed, salaries, and job prospects.