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Career Info

What Surveyors Do
Surveyors measure and map the earth’s surface to determine precise boundaries for land, water, and air spaces. Many different industries require surveyors including architectural & engineering firms, forensics, government agencies, mining & utility companies, & real estate developers. Land surveyors research legal records, analyze data, and communicate their findings. Surveyors use a variety of tools, technical instruments, and computer software. They sketch, plot maps, photograph, and write reports. Construction surveyors are often the first professionals on the job site, they also are integral in rebuilding projects such as reconstructing buildings, roads and bridges after storms, earthquakes and wars. Hydrographic surveyors measure and map the location and shape of features under oceans, rivers and lakes. They use specialized technology to identify underwater hazards, look for oil, and guide dredging.

How Much Can I Earn?
Entry level surveyors earn approximately $32,000/ yr. Survey technicians with a 2 yr. degree will earn more. With experience, you can advance to a median salary of $44,000. Graduates of 4 yr. programs average over $50,000/yr. A professional land surveyor can make upwards of $67,000 per year!
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What Can I Expect From a Career in Surveying?
Surveying is generally a cooperative field, so good interpersonal skills, communication, and teamwork are key. No day or project is ever the same. It can be physically & mentally challenging – standing & walking for hours, and carrying equipment. Good eyesight and hearing are important. You will be given a specific amount of responsibility during your land surveying internship, where you will spend a lot of time assisting in obtaining data in the field, then processing, compiling and aiding in the synthesis of data and creation of final work products. Boundary surveyors work with mathematical certainty and legal uncertainty. Attention to detail and good math skills are characteristics of a good candidate. Surveyors work in the field and the office for various parts of their job. According to U.S. Dept. of Labor the need for land surveyors will outpace the average growth for all occupations. The average age of many professional surveyors is 57, many states are losing 10% of these professionals to retirement every year.