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Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

In addition to the experience acquired in obtaining a degree in cartography or a related field, cartographers require a skill set that includes these four critical-thinking skills: comparing and contrasting to determine whether each feature being mapped is thematically and positionally accurate; decision-making to determine if the map is reliable and what further information, if any, is needed to meet the customer's needs; training to focus closely on details when including features on a final map; and judgment in identifying and resolving issues in mapmaking with the tools available. In addition, cartographers must be able to see details within a few feet and possess finger dexterity in order to make precisely coordinated movements to hold, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

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