Surveying Technicians


DESCRIPTION

Surveying technicians adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • 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.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 

  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Distance meters — Electronic distance measuring devices; Electrotapes; Measuring chains; Tellurometers 
  • Levels — Automatic optical pendulum leveling systems; Geodetic leveling rods; Leveling bubbles; Optical pendulum levels 
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld data collectors; Portable hydrographic surveying equipment; Robotic survey measuring instruments; Survey instrument control units 
  • Sonars — Echosounders; Fathometer sonar equipment; Multibeam sonar equipment; Side scan sonars 
  • Theodolites — Total stations; Tribrach level bubble adjusting blocks; Tribrach optical plummet adjusting cylinders

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $42,450 or $20.41/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $26,030 and $70,280.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)

7,200

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★★✩ High

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 33% had an associates degree. Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.