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Hello everyone

I'm a freelance cartographer in the UK.

I'm interested in finding out what the state of cartography is elsewhere in the world. In the UK there are very few opportunities for permanent employment, and freelance work is quite hard to find. Salaries are generally quite low (I would guess lower than the average rates other graduates can attract).

My website is: www.craigasquith.co.uk

It's a new site, and I'm still struggling to work out what makes a good website!

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Sounds like the opportunities for cartographers in the UK is very similar to those here in the US.

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Craig,
Welcome to the forum.
It is uncommon to see a job listing for a "Cartographer" in the U.S. I wish it was the other way around. On the bright side, I have seen many jobs available where cartographic work is a major part of the job description. These positions are typically listed as, "GIS Technician/Cartographer", or something entirely different. Basically if your willing to relocate and specialize you can find cartographic work. If your not willing to relocate, then you better be the best Freelancer in the area :) Erin



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Craig,

A couple of things with your website since you said you are trying to figure out what makes a good website...... I would swap your title block and navbar so that your navbar is on the left and your title at the top. It is difficult to read as it is, and that way you can add to your navbar in the future if you find the need, without running out of space. I would also tend to stay away from using Flash for your portfolio, as some users may not have Flash and therefore not be able to view it. Google cannot read Flash either, so you also miss out on Google reading your Alt-tags and any other text you have associated with your portfolio maps. This is important if you are wanting people to find you on the search engines. Also make sure to get some links going to your website. Posting a link to your website in your signature in CartoTalk is a good idea (one I have not yet followed through on for myself of course!)

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Sorry - not sure what I'm doing when I click on reply. My intention was to thank everyone for the warm wlecome, and to thank Gillian for the useful tips on the website.

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Interesting flash widget for the photo/album -- did you program that?
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Chris,

Hello from another UK-based member. You’re right, cartography jobs are few and far between in the UK, and those that do appear tend to include other aspects, like GIS or editorial skills. I’ve concentrated more on the GIS-side of things since graduating, but I’d love to be able to find a job where I could ‘make maps’ all day, but I don’t think such a job exists, unless you go freelance like yourself. There are few opportunities being advertised at the moment, but they are all based a long way from Kendal!


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My website is a standard template from my host (1and1). I'm not too pleased with it - I'd like something a bit more interactive, and better looking, but cost is an issue.

Thanks Greg for the job ads.

Craig




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