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Geographical techniques

Do you enjoy map work and using software such as Google Earth?

Geographical information systems offer tools to show data on maps to analyse changing patterns in the landscape.

Increasing domestic and commercial use of electronic mapping software and GPS has brought more possibilities, with a wide range of jobs in the UK and abroad.

You will need good interpersonal skills, communication and teamwork. In addition to interests in cartography and graphical and technical skills, you will need an interest in data handling and interpretation and fine attention to detail.

Today, GIS is used by a wide variety of public and private-sector employers ranging from specialised large employers such as the Ordnance Survey, through to small independent GIS companies with few employees.

Opportunities exist with government departments, the military, energy and water suppliers, retail companies and local councils.

The following areas are popular choices for geographers with a Geographical Techniques specialism.

  • GIS specialist
  • Census data specialist
  • Location analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Surveyor
  • Military GIS specialist
  • Remote sensing analyst
  • Geomatics software designer
  • CAD technician
  • Aerial Surveyor

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