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. 

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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

2-yr degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Northwestern Michigan College 
Associate's Degree, Surveying

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

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Lansing Community College
Surveying and Materials Technology

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Visit the Surveying program at NMC

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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:
Manufacturing Technology Academy and Mechatronics

Pathway 2

NMC Associate's Degree, Surveying

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.

 

Hear It From The Pros

Job Growth Projections 2019-2029

-4.8%
10-County Region
0%
Michigan
1%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

70
In 2019

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$31,980
$54,510 
$76,220

Annual Hires Regionally

5
In 2019

Real World Career Pathways

It doesn't have to be a straight shot! Hear from people who have taken unique pathways.