Geodetic Surveyors

Geodetic Surveyors Digitize a Map

Geodetic surveyors make exact measurements and locations of elevations, points, lines, and contours on or near Earth's surface. They measure distances between points to determine property boundaries and to provide data for mapmaking, construction projects, and other engineering purposes. They use satellite observations, global navigation satellite systems, and other related sources for their measurements. There are approximately 43,340 surveyors employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Geodesists
Duties Use satellite observations and global navigation satellite systems to measure large areas of the Earth's surface; study data and write reports; supervise surveying and mapping technicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Three to four years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Geodetic Survey Firm Owner
  • Geodetic Surveyor, Chief of Party
  • Geodetic Surveyor
  • Geodetic Surveying Technician