Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Surveying Technician Discuss a Project with a Surveyor

Surveying and mapping technicians help determine, describe, and record geographic areas or features. They are usually the leading assistant to the professional surveyor, civil engineer, or cartographer. They operate modern surveying and mapping instruments and may participate in other operations. Technicians must have a basic knowledge of the current practices and legal implications of surveys to establish and record property size, shape, topography, and boundaries. They often supervise other assistants during routine surveying conducted within the bounds established by a professional surveyor. There are approximately 53,620 surveying and mapping technicians working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Assistant Field Technicians, Chain Workers, Chief Instrument Workers, Exploration Geology Technicians, Highway Technicians, Mining Surveying Technicians, Photogrammetric Technicians, Rod Workers
Duties Operate surveying and mapping instruments to determine, describe, and record geographic areas or features as instructed by surveyors; write reports that detail their findings
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Internships; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Surveyor
  • Chief Instrument Worker
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician
  • Survey Helper
  • Trainee or Apprentice