Cartographers specialize in designing and developing maps. They take highly complex information and present it as charts, diagrams, spreadsheets, or traditional maps. This requires a combination of design, geography and technology skills. As part of their job, cartographers collate, analyze and assess mappable information, and product maps and graphs on the computer for general and specialist users.
There are no dedicated cartographer programs. Anyone wishing to pursue a career as a cartographer must complete a bachelor's degree in geology, earth sciences, geography, geographical information systems, or geographic information technologies. Cartographers must have a keen eye for details and strong hand-eye coordination. They must also have an interest in geography and the environment, excellent problem-solving skills, and high standards of accuracy. Doing an internship will help you get the grasp the nuances of the job.
Prospective employers will definitely want to see your work so don't forget to put together a portfolio showcasing some of your work and take it along to the interview. They will also ask you about your strengths as they pertain to this role. When replying, you must emphasize your precision skills and eye for detail. Your replies must convince the interviewer that you are the right applicant for the job. If you are looking for commonly asked questions so you can practice your answers, see those listed at Mock questions.