Land Surveyor Career


If you are good at observation and are keen on details, this could be the right career for you. Land surveyors are responsible for establishing the official land boundaries. This is important for the description of land and space for land leases, deeds and various legal documents that involve land issues. A land surveyor may also provide information regarding the location, contour, shape, dimension and elevation of the land being surveyed.

How to Become a Land Surveyor

In the past it was easy to become a land surveyor without actually going to school to receive formal training in the field. All you had to do was join a survey crew as a crew member and work your way up to a licensed surveyor. This however has become a difficult path to follow today. You must obtain a degree in a related field from an accredited university or college so as to become a land surveyor.

After obtaining the right qualifications you will be required to obtain a license. To obtain a license you must pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) test and have worked as an assistant surveyor for some period of time.

Types, Description, Information

If you are seeking a land survey career, chances are that your entry level job will be as a technician or assistant. As a licensed surveyor you may work in an organization or as a self-employed land surveyor.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

Various accredited universities and colleges offer degrees in fields related to land survey. If you plan to be a land surveyor you can study to obtain qualifications in survey technology or survey. There are several vocational and technical schools that offer 3 and 2 year programs for those interested in land survey.

Schools, Colleges, Universities

There are various universities and colleges that offer degrees in land survey and survey technology. They will not however offer you the land survey license you will need to work. The school or body authorized to offer the licensing examination varies with different states.

Some of the top colleges to study include;

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology –Pennsylvania

Penn Foster College –Arizona

Westwood College –Colorado

Lincoln Tech –New Jersey

TESST College of Technology –Baltimore

You may also decide to attend a vocational or technical school to study land survey and survey technology. The courses offered in these schools run for only 2 or 3 years.

Job opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

Employment opportunities in land survey are expected to rise in the next few years through to the year 2016. The average salary of a land surveyor is $53 000.

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