Land Survey Technician

Construction companies transportation and governmental agencies mining companies and many types of other industries rely on land surveyors and land survey technicians to produce and provide geographic and topographical information so they can determine if land is usable for various specific purposes. Land survey technicians work directly with land surveyors engineers and geologists to collect information that is used to create boundary maps. They also interpret the information they gather and provide recommendations as to whether or not specific land areas should be developed or utilized. According to education-portal.com land survey technicians must be able to use land survey instruments and computer-aided drafting software. Additionally they must be willing to work outdoors while they gather data and information about parcels of land. Some of their job duties include marking boundaries on property sketching diagrams and working with GIS and GPS systems to help create topographical maps. In general land survey technicians will have earned a minimum of an associate’s degree before they begin their career. When a land survey technician earns their professional certification from the National Society of Professional Surveyors there is a greater chance for advancing into a higher level position. Many land survey technicians continue on with their education and eventually earn a bachelor’s degree. The website www.simplyhired.com states that the average yearly salary for a land survey technician is $37000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $37000
High Salary: $39000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Determines boundaries of land parcels.
Works with GIS and GPS systems.
Gathers information to create a topographical map.
Operates surveying instruments.
Also Called: Land Surveyor
Surveyor
Map Surveyor
Land Inspector
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Land_Survey_Technician%3A_Occupational_Outlook_and_Career_Summary.html
http://www.ehow.com/about_6695634_job-description-survey-technician.html
http://www.careerplanner.com/Job-Descriptions/Surveying-Technicians.cfm