Serving in the Army as a Topographic Analyst is similar in many ways to working in a civilian based land surveyor office. You will work with maps, drawings, overlays, graphics and information. You will deal with digital photographic data, remote sensing imaging, Geospatial data, and satellite images. The Army topographic analysts are often called upon to help identify enemy troop movements and plot troop activity.
The Army Topographic Specialist works to oversee military geographic data collection, military information and other geographic and topographic information. Some of the duties you will be involved in may deal with making drawings to scale of buildings, airfields, roads and military projects, extracting satellite images and geospatial data to obtain field reconnaissance and remote sensory information, and to analyze military collected geographic information to yield information for tactical decisions. To train as an Army Topographical Analyst you need to attend the requisite 9 weeks of Basic Army Combat Training. After boot camp you will attend 18 weeks of individual advanced training, including practice operating different types of topographical equipment. During your classroom and on the job training you will work in aerial photo interpretation, drafting and surveying techniques, and structural and architectural drawing skills. If you have an interest in Algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, and you can visualize space and objects and transfer them into drawings and maps then this may be the career field for you. Civilian careers for the ex Army Topographical Analyst include working as a mapmaker, cartographer, surveyor, or photo documentation specialist. As a military Army Topographer you will learn how to scribe and draw features of digital formats, to compile geographic information into special products, maps and overlays, and to record features in different digital formats.
The Army uses the Topographic Analyst to help provide real time information and evaluation for troop movements. The Army needs real time information to make operational and mission specific operations. Nearly every mission that the operation that is mounted by the Army requires specific time critical information, to keep the personnel and Servicemembers serving their nation safe. With accurate and real time information, the Army is able to adapt and change different aspects of their missions and to maintain an operational tempo. Different missions have been saved by timely, accurate information that can come in during time critical missions.