Update On Courses


 (Source: Undergraduate Cartography Courses, http://lazarus.elte.hu/cet/undergraduate/index.htm )




Australian Defence Force Academy School of Civil Engineering Arts - Geography B A Remote sensing
Cartographic methods

Canberra Institute of Technology Engineering and Resource Sciences Surveying & Mapping. GIS Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Certificate; Diploma; Advanced Diploma; Asset management (GIS Practices) Spatial Information Services Self paced (based on courses completed)    


Central TAFE - Leederville Campus Western Australian School of Mining, Engineering and Construction Surveying ( Survey Assistant ); Surveying and Cartography; Cartography; Engineering and Mine Surveying ; Certificate II; Certificate IV; Diploma: Advanced Diploma No Not known    

Curtin University of Technology Department of Spatial Sciences Department of Spatial Sciences Cartography (Honours); GIS (Honours); Surveying (Mine and Engineering Surveying); Associate Degree in Mine Surveying (Honours) Postgraduate GIS; Remote Sensing and Land Information; Surveying and Mapping; Associate Degree; B Sc M Sc PhD Grad Cert Grad Dip P'Grad Dip Mine Surveying GIS Cartography Remote sensing Surveying 4 (undergraduate)    


TAFE NSW   Spatial Information Services; GIS; Surveying; Certificate II, III, IV; Assoc. Dip; Diploma; No Not known    


TAFE Tasmania Engineering Computer Aided Drafting; Spatial Information Systems; Surveying and Mapping; Certificate IV; Diploma; No Not known    


RMIT University School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences Cartography Geomatics Surveying Land Data Management; Urban Development; B App Sc; Grad Cert: PG Dip; M App Sc; PhD; Geographical visualiation; Multimedia cartography; Geodesy and GPS; Photogrammetry; Remote sensing; GIS; Surveying 8 (Bachelor) 2 (PG Dip) 3 (M App Sc) 6 (PhD)    


University of Queensland School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management School of Geography, Planning and Architecture Geographical Information Systems Grad. Cert; P'Grad Dip; Masters Environmental Processes, Environmental Management, Regional and Urban Analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing, Planning      


Charles Sturt University School of Environmental and Information Science Spatial Information Systems (Honours); GIS & Remote Sensing; Geographic Information Science; Bachelor; GCGIS; GDipGIS; Masters; Information Technology Business Studies (Marketing & Management) Business Studies (Statistics) Spatial Technology Urban Environment 6 (Bachelor) 1 (GCGIS) 2 (GDipGIS) 3 (Masters)    


University of New South Wales School of Surveying & Geospatial Engineering Geomatic Engineering Bachelor; PGDip; Masters; PhD Land Administration GIS Remote sensing 8 (Bachelor) 2 (PGDip) 3 (Masters) 6 (PhD)    


University of Newcastle School of Engineering School of Engineering Surveying Bachelor; PGDip; Masters Surveying; Spatial Information Systems; Not known    


University of Sydney School of Geosciences, Division of Geography Geography Bachelor (Honours) GIS 6    


Queensland University of Technology School of Planning, Landscape Architecture and Surveying Surveying Bachelor        


University of Southern Queensland Dept. of Surveying & Land Information GIS Surveying Geomatic Studies (GIS, Surveying) Bachelor Grad Dip No Not known    


University of Adelaide The National Key Centre for Social Applications of GIS (GISCA) Spatial Information Science Grad Cert. Grad Dip. Masters        


University of South Australia School of Natural and Built Environments School of Natural and Built Environments Geoinformatics and Surveying (Hons); Geographic Information Systems (& IT); Geoinformatics Assoc Degree; Bachelor Master PhD GIS Computing Surveying 8 (Bachelor) 6 (PhD)    


TAFE Tasmania Engineering Computer Aided Drafting; Surveying and Mapping; Cert. IV Diploma        

University of Melbourne Department of Geomatics Geomatics; GIS; Geomatics Science; Information Technology (Hon); Geographic Information Technology; Bachelor Master Dip Grad Dip PhD Web mapping Mobile computing Information systems 6 (Bachelor) 2 (Honours)    


University of Western Australia School of Earth and Geographical Sciences School of Earth and Geographical Sciences Geographic Information Systems Grad Dip. None Not known    


University of Tasmania Centre for Spatial Information Science Centre for Spatial Information Science Geomatics & Surveying BSc, Grad. Dip., Grad Cret.   8 (BSC), 1/2 (Grad Dip)   Fiji


University of the South Pacific Dept. of Land Management and Developmen Geomatics & Surveying BSc      


New Zealand


University of Otago Department of Surveying Surveying Bachelor DipGrad PG Dip Sc Masters PhD   8 (Bachelor) 2 (DipGrad) 2 (PGDipSc) 4 (Masters) 5 (PhD)  


University of Auckland School of Geography and Environmental Science School of Geography and Environmental Science Geographic Information Studies and Spatial Analysis PG Dip in Sc. GIS Remote sensing Spatial analysis 2  


Papua and New Guinea


Papua New Guinea University of Technology Department of Surveying and Land Studies Department of Surveying and Land Studies Surveying Cartography Land Studies Land Administration Certificate;Diploma; Bachelor; PG Dip; None 1 (Certificate) 4 (Diploma) 8 (Bachelor)  


Job Guide – Cartographer

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations


Cartographers design, prepare and revise maps, charts, plans, three-dimensional
models and spatial information databases, often using computer-based techniques,
and applying principles from science, mathematics and graphic design.
Spatial information refers to information about the geographical relationship between
places, people and other items within a particular area.
Cartographers may perform the following tasks:

  • produce paper maps and web-delivered electronic maps using desktop publishing,computer graphics and multimedia software
  • take part in the design and management of geographical information systems (GIS)design and produce interactive mapping products for use on computer systems and the web
  • supervise and coordinate the work of cartographic technicians and other production team members
  • produce digital topographic and thematic data for use in geographical databases
  • analyse and interpret information from a range of sources (including surveyors' notes, aerial photographs, remote sensing satellite imagery and existing maps and records) and prepare reports
  • advise other professionals on the data requirements for map production and on the artistic, technical and economic aspects of map making.


Cartographers may specialise in topographical maps (which show earth surface
features and land use) or maps used for operational purposes in fields such as town
planning, weather forecasting, tourism, hydrography, geological or mineral
exploration and the military. Cartographers may also take part in the development of
geographical information systems, including the processing, storage, presentation
and analysis of data within those systems.
Cartographers may have to travel to collect information. They may be required to
liaise with clients, government officials and industry.

Personal Requirements:

  • enjoy design and computer graphics
  • enjoy geography
  • able to work neatly and accurately, paying attention to detail
  • good at mathematics and science
  • able to work as part of a team.

Related Jobs:

  • Cartographic Technician
  • Geographer
  • Surveyor

Education and Training:

To become a cartographer you usually have to complete a diploma or advanced
diploma in spatial science. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you
have a relevant degree. Entry to the diploma course below usually requires Year 12.
Entry to the advanced diploma course usually requires completion of the diploma. To
get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your VCE with prerequisite
subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology,
chemistry and physics. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more
information as requirements may change.


Employment Opportunities:

Cartographers work in many fields. Employment opportunities exist with tourist guide
and street directory publishers, demographic marketing consultants, mining
exploration companies, road mapping bodies, conservation authorities, emergency
services, state or territory and federal topographical and geological mapping
authorities, local councils, hydrographic charting offices, planning authorities,
university departments and scientific research organisations and defence.
Some cartographers are self-employed, or employed by private companies,
performing contract work for the above organisations.
The increasing use of computerised geographic information systems means an
increased demand for cartographers.

For Further Information:

Careers Centre
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Mapping Sciences Institute
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Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (National Office)
(02) 6282 2282
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