Have you dreamed of a career where no two days are the same? Surveying could be the career for you.
Land surveyors work in the office and in the field. Out in the field, they use the latest technology such as high order GPS, Robotic Total Stations (theodolites), and aerial and terrestrial scanners to map an area, making computations and taking photos as evidence. In the office, surveyors then use sophisticated software, such as auto-cad to draft plans and map the onsite measurements. Surveyors work on a diverse variety of projects from land subdivision and mining exploration, to tunnel building and major construction, which means no two days are the same.
Why become a surveyor?
- Surveying provides a great diversity of indoor and outdoor work, meaning you won’t be chained to a desk
- There is job variety; you can choose to work in many different industries from IT to archaeology
- The high demand for surveyors means it’s easy to get a job, and 95% of students find work within four months of graduating
- The salaries are excellent; graduates earn an average of $55-60k p.a.
- Surveyors have access to the latest technology and equipment
- Surveyors can work for themselves, in private firms or as part of government departments
How do I become a surveyor?
There are a number of ways to get into surveying. Vocational training is available to become a survey assistant or a survey technician. To become a professional surveyor, you will need to do an undergraduate degree or undergraduate coupled with a masters, depending on where you study. Graduate surveyors can then progress further with additional study to become a licensed or registered surveyor.
If you are interested in finding out more about the study pathways available to becoming a land surveyor, head over to this page to find out more.