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Become A Professional Land Surveyor

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Working As A Professional Land Surveyor

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

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $75,690

    Average Salary

What Does A Professional Land Surveyor Do At Tetra Tech

* Perform and assist with topographic, hydrographic and geophysical survey planning, field data collection, interpretation and reporting.
* Setup, operate and troubleshoot surveying system hardware, computers, software, and cabling.
* Work aboard boats from 12
* feet in length, domestically and internationally.
* Setup and operate static and RTK GPS receivers and process and perform QC on the data.
* Collect and process multibeam (MBES) and/or single beam echosounder data.
* Perform field topographic, scientific or engineering surveys using GPS and/or Total Station.
* Utilize AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D or ArcGIS to produce maps, charts and alignment sheets.
* Understand geodesy, survey and tidal datum, establish and recover survey control.
* Develop and follow plans, specifications, SOPs, procedures and promote safe work practices.
* Be self-motivated, hardworking, ethical, trustworthy and dependable
* Have strong analytical and communication skills and strong desire to learn and do new things.
* Be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
* Travel for domestic and foreign work, ~30% of the year, assignments is required.
* Ability to work in the field in inclement weather as well as offshore for weeks at a time is required.
* Physical ability to load/unload equipment (lifting 50 lbs

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

* Able to work as part of the JMT Team of Professional Surveyors & Engineers.
* Able to provide QA/QC throughout project lifecycle to final deliverables.
* Assist in managing Daily Operations of Survey and SUE field & office staff.
* Assist in creating proposals and cost estimates.
* Assist in property and utility record research.
* Assist in completing Survey Projects including Topographic, Boundary, Easement, Route, GPS, etc.
* Assist in completing Subsurface Utility Engineering Projects requiring a familiarity with test holes, subsurface utility designation, utility records research, interpreting utility records.
* Nonessential functions and responsibilities:
* Perform other related duties as assigned

What Does A Professional Land Surveyor Do At Intertek

* Drive sales efforts to find and secure new survey business (including presentations and detailed technical discussions).
* Interface with Intertek Asset Integrity Management (AIM) sales and marketing personnel on a regular basis to develop opportunities.
* Recruit and train survey personnel (including ongoing assessments).
* Walk-down sites prior to field execution and liaise directly with client personnel.
* Prepare field personnel for job executions and be at site with the teams when necessary.
* Carry out preparations and complete survey deliverables.
* Carry out appropriate training of field and office personnel.
* Maintain all equipment (hardware) and software licenses.
* Support all Surveying Service activities (Dimensional Control, Laser Scanning, Topographic, 3
* D Metrology, and 3
* D Modeling).
* Oversee application of HSE Management (office and field personnel).
* Prepare budgets, proposals, procedures, method statements, schedules, and relevant documentation

What Does A Professional Land Surveyor Do At The Gel Group, Inc.

* Manage survey crews and provide quality control for all survey deliverables
* Applies appropriate principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to various types of land surveying
* Assist with training of junior survey staff
* Perform and document field work and office CAD production for survey projects
* Prepare results of field work in written and/or electronic format
* Assist with sales and business development
* Provide exceptional customer service

What Does A Professional Land Surveyor Do At Wellborn Engineering, LLC

* Prepare ALTA/ACSM Surveys Prepare Boundary Surveys Prepare Topographical Surveys Prepare As
* Built Surveys Prepare Preliminary & Final Plats Prepare Separate Instrument Easements Provide Construction Staking & related Construction Survey Services

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How To Become A Professional 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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Professional Land Surveyor Demographics


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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Dakota

  • Indonesian

  • Malay

  • French

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Top Professional Land Surveyor Skills

  1. Boundary Surveys
  2. Topographic Surveys
  3. Construction Layout Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtained survey contracts for boundary surveys, construction layout and final as-built surveys for retail and religious buildings.
  • Tasked with preparing subdivision record plats, boundary and topographic surveys in Montgomery County and surrounding areas.
  • Prepared legal descriptions for boundary surveys, ALTA/ASCM surveys, and easements.
  • Bid and supervised 24 section survey for International Paper Company utilizing both GPS and traditional survey methods.
  • Worked with AutoCAD, Civil 3D and several other programs.

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