Land Surveyor

Before buildings roads tunnels bridges or any type of infrastructure can be constructed a land surveyor must use various types of equipment including global positioning systems (“GPS”) to evaluate and map the land that is to be used for the project. Due to the nature of their job land surveyors spend a great deal of time outdoors gathering measurements and observing land and structural characteristics. However they also work in offices which is where they compile their gathered information to create official surveys detailing the exact shape the layout the boundaries the natural and man-made features existing on a piece of land and the land’s specific position. Some land surveyors evaluate and survey land parcels and others specialize in surveying areas designated for mining or drilling or areas covered by water such as lakes and rivers. These specialized surveyors are often called “geophysical surveyors” and “hydrographic surveyors.” A land surveyor’s job is important because it allows land developers construction companies governmental agencies and mining companies know if a specific area of land is qualified to support its proposed projects or uses. Most land surveyors obtain a bachelor’s degree in the subject areas of geography cartography civil engineering or another related subject before they begin their career. Additionally many states require a specific surveying license. The salary range for land surveyors according to is between $27000 and $80000 per year depending on number of years’ experience and the surveyor’s specific set of skills.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $53500
High Salary: $80000
Low Salary: $27000
Tasks: Identifies the boundaries between different pieces of land.
Maps natural or man-made features.
Measures land using surveying instruments.
Interprets data using GPS.
Also Called: Surveyor
Map Maker
Map Surveyor
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