Land surveyors can work on a diverse variety of projects from planning and design of new or existing infrastructure, land and building development, construction (buildings, roads, bridges, sports fields, farming, etc.), to monitoring and environmental measuring.
They’re experts in determining land size and measurements, as well as topographic heights. The surveyor gives advice and provides information to guide the work of engineers, architects, town planners, geologists and developers. They also work with all levels of government as well as service authorities such as water, sewer and power authorities.
Surveyors are often the first people on any construction or development site, measuring and mapping the land. Their measurements are then used by architects to understand and make the most of the landscape when designing, and engineers to plan structures accurately and safely – ensuring buildings not only fit with the landscape but are able to be constructed.
Types of tasks/activities completed in the role
The activities you will be involved in will depend on the project you’re working on, but examples include:
- Measure distances and angles between points on, above, and below the Earth’s surface
- Travel to locations and use known reference points to determine the exact location of important features
- Research land records, survey records, and land titles
- Look for evidence of previous boundaries to determine where boundary lines are located
- Record the results of surveying and verify the accuracy of data
- Prepare plots, maps, and reports
- Present findings to clients and government agencies
- Establish official land and water boundaries for deeds, leases, and other legal documents and testify in court regarding survey work
Skills you will need
- A keen eye for numbers
- The ability to use multiple technologies
- A methodical mind
- Good communication skills
- Problem solving abilities
Career options available
- Surveying technician: you collect, analyse data and develop plans for land surveyors to provide the basic information required for a surveying project.
Potential entry level qualifications
- Certificate IV in Surveying
- Diploma in Surveying
Looking to start your career in Surveying?
Traineeships are a great way to kick-start your career. You get paid on-the-job training, whilst also completing a nationally recognised qualification.