Cartography is the study of maps and everything associated with them. However, in recent times, the way maps are made and used has undergone massive change. Gone are the days of physical paper-based maps, today all the maps, be it local or global, are digital and available over mobile apps. Every time you plan to visit a new city or an unfamiliar place in your own city, you depend upon these mobile apps to guide you to your destination. With maps going digital, it has opened up a whole new avenue of map-making for cartographers. To cater to these changes, the courses in cartography and map-making have also changed.
Earnings are mainly based on factors such as educational qualification and work experience. Location is another important variable. Salary also depends on the organization one works for. Probably private companies pay higher wages along with other benefits when compared with government and public organizations. However, the initial package is not as lucrative as in other hot careers. In the field of Cartography, a qualified person can expect a starting salary somewhere around Rs. 10,000 - 15,000 per month. If one decides to join some overseas organization, he can get anywhere near Rs.5,00,000 to Rs.10,000,00 per year depending upon the organization. After a couple of years of experience, one can earn as good as Rs.50,000 per month and more.
Certificate Course in Cartography
Diploma in Geoinformatics
B.Tech in Geoinformatics
B.Sc in Geography
B.A. in Geography
Post Graduate Diploma in Geographical Cartography
M.Tech. Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS)
The importance of cartographic professionals have increased incredibly with globalization and the need for all the information/data of the universe to be at one place, and that too, in a digital and visual format. Maps and detailed geographical information are needed for a range of purposes, from everyday use by individuals to large-scale industrial development. They are used by planners, engineers, utility companies, state agencies, construction companies, surveyors, architects, and ordinary citizens. Other than these, maps are also used for a variety of purposes, including topographical maps, maps related to town planning, weather forecasting, travel and tourism, geological or mineral exploration, and military and development of geographical information systems. Cartographers, therefore, work within a variety of areas, including publishing, government, surveying, and conservation. The government is one of the main employers of cartographers, in departments including Ordnance Survey, the Ministry of Defence, tourism departments and the Department of Transport. Several private-sector organization using GIS and remote sensing technology also require the service of a qualified Cartographer. You could work for local authority planning departments, oil and utility companies, universities, commercial map publishers and the Geological Survey. Cartographers can join NGOs and other developmental agencies engaged in population studies, rural development and various environmental issues. Cartographers can also join the Survey of India or state Survey Departments or Private organizations such as Eicher maps, Google maps, etc. Teaching in schools/colleges/universities is also a good option for a Cartographer. They can work with various research institutes. Some Cartographers, called project cartographers, work on a short-term freelance basis. Businesses that deal with selling maps, producing maps for encyclopedias, reference books, and atlases, publishers, planners, engineers, architects also need cartographers.