Surveying Engineer

The earth’s surface ranges from water to deserts to rocky terrain and a surveying engineer is responsible for gathering information about the exact characteristics of a specific location. They use specialized equipment to survey and mark boundaries so that official records can be kept. Construction companies utilize surveying engineers to measure and notate the specific characteristics of sites where work will be completed. Surveying engineers must have a high aptitude when it comes to math taking measurements and understanding complex calculations. Some of the typical daily tasks completed by a surveying engineer include observing locations where construction or land development is to take place taking measurements to determine the boundaries of a parcel of land analyzing information gathered from equipment such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and observing photographs and maps to gather information about a particular area. According to the website Wikipedia.org surveying engineers have highly technical and scientific jobs. They must use their knowledge of geometry engineering physics and mathematics to determine the exact measurements of property boundaries. The complexity of this profession is partially due to the existence of man-made structures and natural obstructions that make surveying difficult. However the construction industry in particular relies on the accurate surveys that surveying engineers produce. In order to become a surveying engineer it is essential to obtain a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field such as geography cartography surveying or a similar field. Additionally a license and specific certifications may be required by the state in which the surveying engineer works. The website www.ehow.com reports that surveying engineers typically earn between $35000 and $63000 pear year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $49000
High Salary: $63000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Surveys the earth's surface.
Uses global positioning systems (GPS) to obtain data.
Identifies land boundaries.
Adds man-made structures to surveys.
Also Called: Land Surveyor
Mapping Engineer
Land Development Engineer
Construction Engineer
Additional Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surveying
http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/LAND-SURVEYOR.cfm
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5003278_job-description-land-surveyor.html