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Survey Tech

Career Overview

Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.


Career Outlook


Projections 2022-2030

New job opportunities are less likely in the future. With a
2% Percent change.


2020 Employment

46,000

2030 Employment

46,700

What training is needed?

People starting in this career usually have:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • No work experience
  • Internship/residency

Programs that can prepare you for this career are:
  • Surveying Engineering
  • Surveying Technology/Surveying

What does a typical day look like?

  • Verify mathematical calculations.
  • Direct surveying activities.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Create maps.
  • Gather physical survey data.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2055370
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.