If math, measuring and visualization is your strength, consider a career in surveying. Surveyors gather data about the elevation, contour and dimensions of land or sea bottom. This data gets used for everything from mapmaking, mining, engineering, establishing land boundaries and general construction. These professionals work closely with technologies like Remote Operated Vehicles and have many opportunities available.
Make a Difference
A Typical Day
- Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.
- Verify the accuracy of survey data.
- Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.
- Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.
- Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
Explore This Career
Try it before you buy it!
Visit the Surveying program at NMC
Job shadow at local company or MDOT
Investigate Google Earth features; make a story map or offline trip map.
The Local Advantage Learning Pathway
Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.
Sample Job Titles...
- City Surveyor
- County Surveyor
- Land Surveyor
- Mine Surveyor
- Registered Land Surveyor
Hear It From The Pros
10-Year Job Growth Projections
Wage Range & Median 10-County Region
Annual Hires Regionally
Other Regional Career Resources
Learn more about Surveying and Mapping Technicians at O*NET Online.
Real World Career Pathways
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