Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries. They provide data relevant to the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface for engineering, mapmaking, and construction projects.
Surveying involves both field work and indoor work. When working outside, surveyors must stand for long periods and often walk long distances, sometimes in bad weather. Most work full time.
How to Become a Surveyor
Surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must be licensed before they can certify legal documents and provide surveying services to the public.
The median annual wage for surveyors was $56,230 in May 2012.
Employment of surveyors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will result from increased construction related to improving the nation’s infrastructure. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.