About This Career Path
Adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.
Projected job openings through 2028
Search for section corners, property irons, and survey points.
Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
Conduct surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and man-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater, using electronic distance-measuring equipment and other surveying instruments.
Collect information needed to carry out new surveys, using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, and other relevant information.
Prepare topographic and contour maps of land surveyed, including site features and other relevant information, such as charts, drawings, and survey notes.
Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
Set out and recover stakes, marks, and other monumentation.
Record survey measurements and descriptive data, using notes, drawings, sketches, and inked tracings.
Compile information necessary to stake projects for construction, using engineering plans.
Operate and manage land-information computer systems, performing tasks such as storing data, making inquiries, and producing plots and reports.
Common knowledge, skills & abilities needed to get a foot in the door.
Computers and Electronics
Engineering and Technology
Building and Construction
Construction & Architecture