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Become A Land Surveyor

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Working As A Land Surveyor

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $58,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Land Surveyor Do At Tetra Tech

* Collect survey data as required in accordance with industry and client specifications, scopes of work, and work plans.
* Willing and able to continually learn new techniques and processes as well as operate various types of equipment to become more efficient.
* Provide technical assistance for CADD operators, design staff as to what the project looks like in the field and coordinate site visits with project team personnel.
* Mentorship and training of junior survey staff
* Often work with other technical disciplines as needed.
* Strong AutoCAD Civil3D knowledge

What Does A Land Surveyor Do At Clackamas County

* Prepare and Review records of survey, legal descriptions, exhibits and reports in accordance with the County's standards and requirements in addition to any requirements prescribed by Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, standards of practice, and county and city ordinances.
* Conducts research pertaining to construction and maintenance projects.
* Provides advice and assistance to property owners, developers, contractors, attorneys, title companies, other agencies and the public on various aspects of land surveying.
* Answers questions and provides information on county construction projects.
* Schedules, coordinates, and reviews the work of survey technicians on assigned projects.
* Regularly uses trigonometry and geometry in survey calculations, including COGO and CADD software Lead the work of or participate as a team member in collecting topographic data for transportation related construction, maintenance, bridge, or drainage projects

What Does A Land Surveyor Do At Bergmann Associates

* Support an experienced Licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS)/Survey Project Manager in various capacities which will include:
* Set-up, review, process and confirm accuracy of field survey work
* Establish survey control and control networks via GPS.
* Determine property line and highway boundaries
* Prepare Survey Reports (Control, Baseline and ROW)
* Review record plans, deeds, title work, etc.
* Write Parcel Descriptions
* Travel required
* Must be able to work effectively and collaboratively with clients and in-house office and/or field staff, including surveyors, engineers and technicians; and assist with business development and proposals.
* Job Requirements

What Does A Land Surveyor Do At U.S. Navy-Agency Wide

* Professional work in land surveying, which is concerned with establishing, investigating, and reestablishing land and property boundaries, and with preparing plats and legal descriptions for tracts of land.
* The work requires application of professional knowledge of the concepts, principles and techniques of surveying, including underlying mathematics and physical science, in combination with a practical knowledge of land ownership laws.
* Positions may be subject to work an uncommon tour, including nights, weekends, and holidays to meet mission requirements.
* Overtime or night differential pay and/or unusual duty hours may be required.
* Positions may be eligible for part time, full time or ad-hoc telework at the discretion of management.
* Positions may require a Financial Management Level I, II, or III certification per the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012, Section 1599d.
* The certification level must be achieved within prescribed timelines.
* Certification requirements are outlined in the DoD Instruction 1300
* available at http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/130026dodi2017.pdf
* Travel Required
* Occasional travel
* Travel requirements will vary.
* Travel from normal duty station to CONUS and OCONUS may be required and may include remote or isolated sites.
* Travel may be on military and commercial aircraft for extended periods of time.
* Supervisory status
* No
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* United States Citizens
* Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* Job family (Series)
* Land Surveying
* Similar jobs
* Geodetic Surveyors
* Land Surveyors
* Surveyors
* Surveyors, Geodetic
* Surveyors, Land
* Requirements
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* Requirements
* Conditions of Employment
* Must be a US Citizen.
* Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov
* Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
* Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
* May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period

What Does A Land Surveyor Do At Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson

* Assemble field data, perform survey calculations, and prepare legal descriptions
* Manage operations of field crews
* Provide quality control and quality assurance on all project work
* Prepare and monitor project budgets and billing
* Responsible for client management on projects
* Business development for discipline in market.
* Ability to travel

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How To Become A Land 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.


Surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree because they work with sophisticated technology and math. Some colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs specifically designed to prepare students to become licensed surveyors. A bachelor’s degree in a closely related field, such as civil engineering or forestry, is sometimes acceptable as well.

Many states require individuals who want to become licensed surveyors to have a bachelor’s degree from a school accredited by ABET and approximately 4 years of work experience under a licensed surveyor. In other states, an associate’s degree in surveying, coupled with more years of work experience under a licensed surveyor, may be sufficient. Most states also have continuing education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Candidates with significant work experience as a survey technician can become licensed surveyors. To receive credit for this experience, candidates must work under a licensed surveyor. Many surveying technicians become licensed surveyors after working for as many as 10 years in the field of surveying. The amount of work experience required varies by state.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All 50 states and the District of Columbia require surveyors to be licensed before they can certify legal documents that show property lines or determine proper markings on construction projects. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree must usually work for several years under the direction of a licensed surveyor in order to qualify for licensure.

Although the process of obtaining a license varies by state, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has a generalized process of four steps:

      • Complete the level of education required in your state
      • Pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
      • Gain sufficient work experience under a licensed surveyor
      • Pass the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam
Important Qualities

Communication skills. Surveyors must provide clear instructions to team members, clients, and government officials. They also must be able to receive instructions from architects and construction managers, and explain the job’s progress to developers, lawyers, financiers, and government authorities.

Detail oriented. Surveyors must work with precision and accuracy because they produce legally binding documents.

Physical stamina. Surveyors traditionally work outdoors, often in rugged terrain. They must be able to walk long distances for long periods.

Problem-solving skills. Surveyors must figure out discrepancies between documents showing property lines and current conditions on the land. If there were changes in previous years, they must discover the reason behind them and reestablish property lines.

Time-management skills. Surveyors must be able to effectively plan their time and their team members’ time on the job. This is critical when pressing deadlines exist or while working outside during winter months when daylight hours are short.

Visualization skills. Surveyors must be able to envision new buildings and altered terrain.

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Land Surveyor Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Dakota

  • Arabic

  • Swahili

  • Ukrainian

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Hakka

  • Mandarin

  • Bosnian

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Amharic

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Korean

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Real Land Surveyor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Land Surveyor The Culver Group, Inc. Concord, CA Mar 01, 2013 $84,323
Land Surveyor The Culver Group, Inc. Concord, CA Nov 27, 2012 $84,323
Offshore/Land Surveyor Bateman Civil Survey Company, PC Jun 01, 2014 $70,928
Land Surveyor Peiser Surveying Company Grapevine, TX Sep 02, 2009 $68,328
Land Surveyor Peiser Surveying Company Grapevine, TX Sep 08, 2009 $68,328
Land Surveyor Ciorba Group, Inc. Chicago, IL Apr 29, 2011 $63,648
Land Surveyor Supervisor Geometrics GPS, Inc. Fredericksburg, VA Sep 27, 2013 $62,610
Land Surveyor Supervisor Geometrics GPS, Inc. Fredericksburg, VA Sep 27, 2010 $62,610
Offshore/Land Surveyor Bateman Civil Survey Company, PC Apr 01, 2014 $55,000 -
Land Surveyor BDS Technologies, Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 30, 2012 $54,262
Land Surveyor BDS Technologies, Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 01, 2009 $54,262
Manager/Land Surveyor Exploration Geodesy, Inc. Little Rock, AR Jan 31, 2008 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Land Surveyor


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Top Land Surveyor Skills

  1. GPS
  2. Topographic Surveys
  3. Robotic Total Station
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work with global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Performed typical residential boundary & topographic surveys
  • Used electronic distance measurement and robotic total station technology to perform site surveys.
  • Assisted and oversaw different projects that included topographical construction layout and residential surveys.
  • Included setting property lines for 60 acquisition maps, and preparation of same.

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