Surveyor

Job Description

Surveyors determine exact property boundaries by taking precise measurements. They provide essential data for architectural, engineering, and construction projects, and create accurate maps. 

These professionals measure distances and angles on land designated for a construction project. This service is crucial to planning out any project, as it gets vital information and data to the engineers and architects involved. Often the work Surveyors do can determine the feasibility of using a particular plot of land for a construction project. 

Surveyors need to have a talent for math, a knack for technology, and an eye for detail, as their work is so exacting. It can be a rewarding career direction, as the work of a Surveyor is foundational to nearly every construction project. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct physical site surveys using surveying tools and equipment
  • Develop sketches and notes for sites
  • Process and interpret field data
  • Collaborate with engineers, architects, urban planners, and more 
  • Calculate accurate specifications of land parcels, lots, and easements
  • Research and check previous survey findings
  • Prepare survey documents and results, and present to clients and colleagues

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, technology, civil engineering, or a related field. Before practicing surveying in a jurisdiction, applicants must meet the requirements for licensure established by that jurisdiction.

Skills and Proficiencies

  • Strong mathematics, technical, and analysis abilities
  • Knowledge of basic hand tools and surveying tools
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Suite, and surveying software
  • Ability to remain in a standing position for extended periods
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Surveyor with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $45,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $59,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $45,000
  • Miami, Florida: $60,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $44,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $67,000
  • Houston, Texas: $66,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $75,000
  • New York City, New York: $74,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $59,000
  • Overall: $58,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $58,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $67,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $58,000
  • Miami, Florida: $65,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $58,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $75,000
  • Houston, Texas: $71,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $79,000
  • New York City, New York: $82,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $69,000
  • Overall: $68,000

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Career Path

Becoming a Surveyor typically requires a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, technology, civil engineering, or a related field. Also, every Surveyor must be licensed to work in any state they wish to work. Licensure can include a college degree from an Accreditation Board for Technology (ABET)-accredited program, passing multiple exams, and several years of work experience. 

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Surveyors should grow six percent through 2028, about an average rate for jobs across all occupations. 

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for a Surveyor are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, both in an office setting and in the field. When working outside, Surveyors may need to stand for long periods or walk relatively long distances. 

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