Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (NOC 2255)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Technical occupations in geomatics include aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartographic and photogrammetric technologists and technicians:

These workers:

  • gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environmental research and land use planning.
  • work for all levels of government, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments.

Meteorological technologists and technicians:

  • observe weather and atmospheric conditions,
  • record, interpret, transmit and report on meteorological data,
  • provide weather information to the agricultural, natural resources and transportation industries and the public.
  • work for all levels of government, the media, natural resources, utilities and transportation companies and consulting firms.
Common job titles
  • aide, meteorological
  • analyst, aerial photograph
  • briefer, weather
  • cartographer
  • draftsperson, cartographic / map
  • inspector, meteorological


Cartographic technologists and technicians:

  • plan map content, format and design, and compile required data from aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports and other maps
  • create maps and related graphs and charts using digital mapping techniques, computer interactive graphics, computer assisted design and drafting (CAD) software, traditional drafting methods and computer or traditional scribing tools
  • check final designs to ensure completeness and accuracy

Photogrammetric technologists and technicians:

  • examine and interpret aerial photographs to prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics and related charts
  • operate digitized stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment to provide three-dimensional models of terrain, to trace maps, and to prepare charts and tables
  • Monitor recording quality and adjust equipment as required and inspect quality of recorded images.

Aerial survey technologists and technicians:

  • operate airborne remote sensing equipment, such as survey film or digital cameras, laser or radar sensors, and scanners which produce images of the earth, coastline or atmosphere
  • monitor recording quality, adjust equipment as required, verify the integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems and inspect quality of recorded images

Geographic information systems (GIS) technologists and technicians:

  • operate specialized computer hardware, computer software and peripheral equipment to model, manage, analyze and display geospatial data
  • develop specialized computer software routines, Internet based GIS and database and business applications to customize geographic information
  • work with outside organizations on data transfer and systems compatibility issues
  • perform data entry, editing activities and maintenance operations to systems following pre-determined calibration procedures
  • combine external software such as spreadsheets and statistical packages with GIS software
  • train and provide technical support for GIS users

Meteorological technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Observe, record and transmit atmospheric and weather information including air pressure, temperature, humidity, precipitation and cloud, wind and ultraviolet conditions
  • Observe, chart and report on ice conditions in navigable waters and snow conditions, and participate in programs to forecast and control avalanches in mountainous terrain
  • Maintain climatological databases, analyze and interpret weather data and participate in the production of weather maps, charts and reports
  • Install, inspect, monitor, calibrate and maintain meteorological equipment and instruments.

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Mobility is possible between some occupations in this group.

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