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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. There are approximately 43,140 surveyors employed in the United States. 

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Alternate Title(s) Cartographers, Construction Surveyors, Forensic Surveyors, Geodesists, Geodetic Computers, Geodetic Surveyors, Geophysical Prospecting Surveyors, Highway Surveyors, Hydrographic Surveyors, Land Surveying Managers, Land Surveyors, Marine Surveyors, Mine Surveyors, Oil-Well Directional Surveyors, Photogrammetric Engineers, Photogrammetrists, Pipeline Surveyors, Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Duties Use surveying and mapping instruments to record exact measurements and locations; 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 Two to four years experience required
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Chief of Party Surveyor or Survey Firm Owner
  • Surveyor
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician