Hours 30-40 per week
Starting salary £18,000 + per year
In this job you would produce maps and other detailed geographical charts. This information can be used in many ways - from maps for everyday use, to specialised charts used in industry, surveying or the military. You would use the latest high-tech equipment and techniques to collect geographic information. You would then convert the data into visual images and graphs.
In this job you need a keen interest in geography and the environment. You need a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. You also need patience.
To work as a cartographer, you will usually need a degree in a relevant subject.
Hours 35-40 per week
Starting salary £16,000 + per year
As a town planner (or spatial planner) you would help to shape the way towns and cities develop. This involves balancing the competing demands placed on land by housing, business, transport and leisure, and making sure plans meet the economic and social needs of the community. If you are interested in urban environments, and you can see different viewpoints and make fair decisions, this job might suit you well.
To be good at this job you would also need to be a good communicator and negotiator. You would need knowledge of local planning policies and procedures. You would need report writing skills.
To work as a town planner you need a qualification accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). You can qualify by studying for an RTPI-accredited degree in Town Planning. Alternatively, you can qualify by doing an RTPI-accredited postgraduate course, if you have a degree in a relevant subject such as surveying, architecture, statistics, geography or environmental science.