What's it like to be a Surveyor?
Surveyors (sometimes called Land Surveyors) take measurements to determine land and property boundaries, prepare maps and survey plots.
Tasks and duties
- Measuring distances, directions, and angles to determine, locate and define boundaries and maintain the cadastre.
- Using GPS, Robotic Total Stations (Theodolites), aerial and terrestrial scanners, and computer software.
- Collecting, analysing and managing geographic data.
- Presenting findings to clients and government agencies.
- Develop and establish reference systems for geographic and land information.
- Creating maps, plans, models and charts.
Surveyors use precise measuring equipment, technical expertise and interpretive skills to locate and define public and private land boundaries. They are required to undertake fieldwork, which may require walking and standing for long periods.
Surveyors may work within a team and interact regularly with engineers, landscape architects, urban planners and government departments.
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How to become a Surveyor
- Complete an approved degree in surveying, spatial science, geospatial science or geographical information systems, such as the Bachelor of Surveying (Honours), Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Science or Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours).
- To become a Licensed Surveyor and be legally entitled to perform land and property boundary surveys, you will need to undertake practical training in cadastral surveying under the supervision of a Licensed Surveyor as part of a professional training agreement, and pass an examination. Requirements may vary between states, so check with your state or territory’s Board of Surveyors for specific details.
- Consider gaining a White Card, which will allow you to work on construction sites. Some hirers may also prefer you to have a current driver’s licence.
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