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.
Annual salaries range betweeen $26,030 and $70,280.
JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)
DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)
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.