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 41,360 surveyors employed in the United States. 

Quick Facts
Duties Use surveying and mapping instruments to record exact measurements and locations; study data and write reports; supervise surveying and mapping technicians
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
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Two to four years’ experience required to become a licensed surveyor
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Chief of Party Surveyor or Survey Firm Owner
  • Surveyor
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician

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