What does a Land Surveyor Do?
Land Surveying is the practice of establishing the exact positions of boundaries and other features of a parcel of land. It involves measuring distances, angles and elevations of points of reference, as well as determinging the area of the land and the location of man-made structures. Land Surveying is an essential part of many types of construction, engineering and other land-related projects. Land Surveyors create, maintain and interpret land records used to protect the property rights of landowners and help make decisions regarding land development.
Demand for Land Surveyors is Reported to Grow 20% Within the Next 10 Years
People entering the profession don't ask if they can get a job, they choose where they want to work. Recent graduates are experiencing a 100% hire rate, which includes paid internships each summer before graduation. The number of available jobs that don't require a degree are also plentiful.
According to Princeton Review, "the need for surveyors is expected to grow significantly over the next ten years. Large, long overdue infrastructure maintenance projects are expected to be carried out, the brisk pace of housing starts and property concerns is expected to continue, and satellite technology is likely to make existing maps seem imprecise and in need of revision."
What is the average salary of a land surveyor?
Do I need a degree?
There are a few different paths towards licensure that you can go. The most direct route will be earning a four-year degree in Geomatics. But you can earn your licensure through nine years of on the job training. Opportunities to increase your job skills like the Certified Survey Technician also exist. Be sure to scroll down to Becoming a Land Surveyor to learn more about your options.
Becoming a Land Surveyor
What are the steps to becoming a professional land surveyor in Oregon? Click on the arrows below to learn more about each step.
2. Pass the Required Exams
3. Gain Experience Under a Licensed Land Surveyor (PLS)