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Technical Workers in Geomatics and Meteorology

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NOC:2255
Occupation:Meteorology and Geomatics Technical Workers
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Technical occupations in geomatics include aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartographic and photogrammetric technologists and technicians, who gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environmental research and land use planning. Meteorological technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, the media, natural resources, utilities and transportation companies and consulting firms. Geomatics technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments.

Job duties:
Aerial survey and remote sensing technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate analog or digital airborne remote sensing equipment such as survey film or digital cameras, laser or radar sensors and scanners to prepare images, data and graphic reports, maps and charts from airborne or satellite data.
  • Develop specialized analog and computer software specific routines to customize and integrate image analysis.
  • Inspect quality of recorded images, verify the integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems, and adjust equipment as required.
Geographic information systems (GIS) technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate specialized computer hardware and software and peripheral equipment to model, manage, analyze and display geospatial data.
  • Develop specialized computer software routines, Internet based GIS, database and business applications to customize geographic information.
  • Work with external organizations on data transfer and systems compatibility issues.
  • Perform data entry and editing activities and maintenance operations to systems following pre-determined calibration procedures.
  • Integrate external software such as spreadsheets and statistical packages with GIS software.
  • Train and provide technical support for GIS users.
Cartographic technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan map content, format and design and compile required data from aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports and other maps.
  • Generate 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.
  • Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.
Photogrammetric technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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 optical 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.
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.
Sample job titles:
  • aerial survey technician
  • cartographer
  • climate data processor
  • geographic information systems (GIS) technician
  • geographic information systems (GIS) technologist
  • geological mapping technician
  • land information system (LIS) technician
  • meteorological technician
  • remote sensing (RS) technician
  • remote sensing (RS) technologist
Skills:

For these jobs, a neat and systematic approach to projects is important. You must be accurate, precise, and efficient. The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines may also be necessary. Good computer skills are highly recommended. Some of these jobs involve exposure to heat, noise, vibration, fumes, and dust, while other jobs are in a relatively clean laboratory environment.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Geomatics technologists require completion of a two- to three-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system or geomatics.
  • Geomatics technicians require completion of a one- to two-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system or geomatics.
  • Meteorological technicians require completion of a one-year meteorological technician program provided by the Meteorological Service of Canada.
  • Further specialized training is available for meteorological technicians, and may be required by some employers.
Other considerations:

Geomatics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of geographically referenced data. Mobility is possible between some jobs in this group.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Meteorology and Geomatics Technical Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 72% of Meteorology and Geomatics Technical Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $56,460. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Technical Workers in Geomatics and Meteorology270Weak growth15Low
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $18,238
Median: $56,102
Maximum: $76,739
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Technical Workers in Geomatics and MeteorologyCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time97%94%
Percent self-employed2%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentTechnical Workers in Geomatics and MeteorologyCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern6%x12%$30,581
Northern17%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Halifax54%$56,48747%$41,209
Annapolis Valley16%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeTechnical Workers in Geomatics and MeteorologyCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-245%x
25-3427%14%
35-4424%33%
45-5430%32%
55-6414%18%
65+5%4%
Median Age4343
GenderTechnical Workers in Geomatics and MeteorologyCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female32%20%
Male68%80%
EducationTechnical Workers in Geomatics and MeteorologyCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx0.7%$28,107
High school9.7%x12.1%$35,125
Trades certificate3.2%x6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma25.8%$51,96133.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaxx3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree48.4%x29.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diploma3.2%x2.0%$54,917
Master's degreexx9.7%$37,706
Doctorate8.1%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Cartographic Association
708 Paul Metivier Drive
Nepean, ON K2J 2T4
secretary@cca-acc.org
Environment Canada
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
Tel: 902-426-7231
Fax: 902-426-6348
15th.reception@ec.gc.ca
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
PO Box 3211, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1P 6H7
Tel: (613) 990-0300
Fax: (613) 990-1617
cmos@cmos.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Atmospheric sciences and meteorology - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behaviour of the atmospheric envelopes surrounding the earth, the effect of earth's atmosphere on terrestrial weather, and related problems of environment and climate. These programs include courses in atmospheric chemistry and physics, atmospheric dynamics, climatology and climate change, weather simulation, weather forecasting, climate modelling and mathematical theory; and studies of specific phenomena such as clouds, weather systems, storms, and precipitation patterns.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Cartography
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of mapmaking and the application of mathematical, computer, and other techniques to the science of mapping geographic information. These programs include courses in cartographic theory and map projections, computer-assisted cartography, map design and layout, photogrammetry, air photo interpretation, remote sensing, cartographic editing, and applications to specific industrial, commercial, research, and governmental mapping problems.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Forest management/forest resources management
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply principles of forestry and natural resources management to the administration of forest lands and related resources. These programs include courses in silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, inventorying, biometrics, geographic information systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry, forest policy and economics, forest land use planning, fire protection and management, and related administrative skills.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Geography
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of the spatial distribution and interrelationships of people, natural resources, plant and animal life. These programs include courses in historical and political geography, cultural geography, economic and physical geography, regional science, cartographic methods, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and applications to areas such as land-use planning, development studies, and analyses of specific countries, regions, and resources.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Geography and cartography - Other
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Geography and Cartography.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Meteorology
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific study of the prediction of atmospheric motion and climate change. These programs include courses in general circulation patterns, weather phenomena, atmospheric predictability, parameterization, numerical and statistical analysis, large-scale and meso-scale phenomena, kinematic structures, precipitation processes, and forecasting techniques.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Program Name:Surveying engineering
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the determination of the location, elevations, and alignment of natural and man-made topographic features. These programs include courses in property line location, surveying, surface measurement, aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry, remote sensing, satellite imagery, global positioning systems, computer applications, and photographic data processing.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
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