Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

NOC
2255

Gather, interpret and utilize geographic information in natural resources, environmental research and land use planning; or record, interpret and report on weather and atmospheric conditions.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

18
 

Median Hourly Wage

$30.41
$17.00
Low
$35.00
High

Median Salary

$52,781
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

177
 

% Working Full Time

95%
 

% Working Full Year

86%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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 observe weather and atmospheric conditions, record, interpret, transmit and report on meteorological data, and provide weather information to the agricultural, natural resources and transportation industries and the public.

Main Duties

Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology perform some or all of the following duties:
Aerial survey and remote sensing technologists and technicians

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Also Known As

  • aerial survey technician
  • aerological technician
  • avalanche controller
  • cartographer
  • climate data processor
  • climate service technician
  • geographic information systems (GIS) technician
  • ice observer
  • map editor
  • mapping technician
  • meteorological inspector
  • meteorological technician
  • photogrammetric technologist
  • photogrammetrist
  • remote sensing (RS) technician
  • softcopy photogrammetrist
  • surface weather observer
  • weather station officer-in-charge
  • weather station operations technician
Requirements

Employment 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.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title ''Professional Technologist''.
  • 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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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30.2%
Female
69.8%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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0.0%
15-24
36.4%
25-34
22.7%
35-44
29.5%
45-54
6.8%
55-64
4.5%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
18.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
4.6%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
38.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
38.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

65.1%
Public administration
20.9%
Professional, scientific and technical services
4.7%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
9.3%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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9.50%
Northeast
21.40%
Southeast
11.90%
Southwest
50.00%
Central
7.10%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$54,042
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
$55,939
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$52,781

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$55,562

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$52,781

Newfoundland

$50,757

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$56,102

Canada

$60,071
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

18
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

17
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

62
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

57