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Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Notebook computers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Tablet computers
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  • Scanners
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Map creation software
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
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  • Determine scales, line sizes, or colors to be used for hard copies of computerized maps, using plotters.
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  • Monitor mapping work or the updating of maps to ensure accuracy, the inclusion of new or changed information, or compliance with rules and regulations.
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  • Identify and compile database information to create maps in response to requests.
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  • Produce or update overlay maps to show information boundaries, water locations, or topographic features on various base maps or at different scales.
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  • Trace contours or topographic details to generate maps that denote specific land or property locations or geographic attributes.
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  • Lay out and match aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken and identify any areas missing from photographs.
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  • Compare topographical features or contour lines with images from aerial photographs, old maps, or other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.
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  • Compute and measure scaled distances between reference points to establish relative positions of adjoining prints and enable the creation of photographic mosaics.
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  • Research resources such as survey maps or legal descriptions to verify property lines or to obtain information needed for mapping.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $54,764.00 $26.33  $17.87  $21.02 - $30.81 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $53,901.00 $25.91  $16.95  $20.50 - $30.39 
    Danbury $46,194.00 $22.21  $19.57  $20.27 - $24.27 
    Hartford $63,853.00 $30.70  $22.40  $25.50 - $36.80 
    New Haven $48,194.00 $23.17  $15.65  $17.63 - $28.30 
    New London/Norwich $66,554.00 $32.00  $26.41  $26.47 - $32.27 
    Waterbury $59,212.00 $28.46  $27.80  $26.61 - $30.11 
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