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Mapping Technologist

Mapping technologists gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information to define locations of natural and manmade features on, above and below the earth's surface. This information is used for applications in many fields (for example, environmental and land use planning, natural resources, geology, agriculture).

  • Avg. Salary $74,501.00
  • Avg. Wage $38.39
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 2,000
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Cartographic Technologist, Photogrammetric Technologist, Remote Sensing Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Cartographic Technologists and Technicians (2255.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Mapping and Related Technologists and Technicians (C155) 
  • 2011 NOC: Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (2255) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Mapping Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Cartographic Technologists and Technicians

Interest in designing and preparing maps and related graphs and charts from interpretation of geospatial data


Interest in analyzing information to compile required data from aerial photographs, surveys notes, records, reports and other maps


Interest in precision working with digital mapping techniques, computer interactive graphics, computer assisted design and drafting (CAD) software, traditional drafting methods and computer and traditional scribing tools to generate maps, graphs and charts

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2016

In general, mapping technologists design and prepare maps, interpret aerial photographs, operate interpretive and airborne remote sensing equipment, and develop and operate geographic information systems (GIS). Their duties vary from one position to another, but in general, they:

  • collect, manipulate and present data using ground surveys, remote sensing, photogrammetry (aerial photographs), laser ranging, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) or hydrographic methods
  • provide data to be used for analysis and mapping in geographic information systems
  • use information from GNSS to determine coordinates
  • use digital mapping applications such as geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software to generate maps and related graphs and charts
  • process digital data to clean up graphical and attribute errors
  • process aerial and satellite image data to produce rectified images, topographic maps, image mosaics and related products
  • operate analytical or soft copy stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment
  • plan control points and flight plans for aerial surveys
  • operate airborne remote sensing equipment such as aerial survey, film or digital cameras, laser or radar sensors and scanners
  • operate computer-based remote sensing interpretive equipment to prepare images, graphic and alphanumeric reports, maps and charts from airborne or satellite data
  • verify the integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems and extract survey and thematic information
  • operate specialized computer hardware and software to model, manage, analyze and display geospatial data
  • develop specialized computer software, internet-based GIS, database and business applications to customize geographic information
  • develop and use geoprocessing functions to combine, manipulate and analyze geospatial data
  • create 2-dimensional maps, interactive web maps or 3-dimensional visualizations to display mapping data or geospatial analysis results
  • integrate external software such as spreadsheets and statistical packages with GIS software
  • train and provide technical support for GIS users.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2016

Mapping technologists work primarily in urban office environments. Sometimes, they use land, water or air transport to collect data in the field.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2016

Mapping technologists need the following characteristics:

  • good mathematical skills
  • the ability to pay close attention to details
  • good communication skills
  • good problem solving skills.

They should enjoy generating maps, analyzing information to compile data and performing tasks that require precision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2016

The recommended educational background for mapping technologists is a 2-year diploma in geomatics engineering technology. Some employers may prefer applicants who have a diploma or degree in geographic information systems (GIS) technology with a focus on data analysis and use of GIS as a decision making tool rather than data collection. It is possible to learn on the job and take related courses part time but not common.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Assiniboine Community College - Brandon

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Vancouver Island University - Nanaimo

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2016

Certification is not required but may be an asset when seeking employment.

Certified Engineering Technologist

Under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional technologist in engineering, certified engineering technologists undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspecting, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management and technical sales.


Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • successful completion of an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Engineering technologists who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified engineering technologists in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization above.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) on

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering, geology and geophysics, and they have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.


Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and Professional Technologists Regulation (PDF), you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering, geology or geophysics within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • at least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the applicant's proposed area and scope of practice
  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education or 10 years of experience that matches the proposed scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • proof of compliance with ASET's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • proficiency in English
  • successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

A professional technologist may also transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist by completing a transfer form and paying the associated transfer fee. Transfer forms are provided by the provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053

Also, the Alberta Society of Surveying and Mapping Technologies (ASSMT) offers four levels of Certified Survey Technician and Technologist (CST) certification based on education and experience in the surveying and mapping industry. In general, the more related education an applicant has, the fewer the years of experience required for certification.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2016

Mapping technologists are employed by:

  • private sector surveying and mapping companies
  • forestry, architectural, engineering and other consulting firms
  • computer software companies
  • natural resource companies
  • utilities
  • all levels of government
  • the Canadian Armed Forces.

Experienced mapping technologists may advance to supervisory positions.

Mapping technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2255: Mapping and related technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 74% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2016

Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.19 $42.80 $30.73 $30.72
Overall $25.00 $55.04 $38.39 $38.32
Top $29.33 $55.40 $44.37 $44.52

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

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Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Information Processing
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2016

Alberta Geomatics Group website:

Alberta Society of Surveying and Mapping Technologies (ASSMT) website:

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Updated Mar 16, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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