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.  

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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.

Recommended Credentials

Associate Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Surveying Technology Degrees
— Northwestern Michigan College 

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This unique program covers land, sea and air surveying with latest industry equipment.

Elsewhere in Michigan


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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

Pathway 1

Strengths: math, communications and computer skills

Related high school courses:
- Physical Sciences
- Computer-Aided Design
- Geography/Social Studies

Related Career Tech Center programs:
Engineering Academy and Robotics & Automation

Pathway 2

Surveying Technology Degrees
— Northwestern Michigan College 

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All students have paid summer internships, and many have school expenses paid by hiring employers!

Pathway 3

To increase opportunities, consider becoming a Certified Surveyor Technician

NMC articulates to Michigan Tech University and University of Maine to prepare for becoming a Licensed Surveyor.


Sample Employers in Our Region

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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
  • Surveyor

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