Surveyors work on construction projects, engineering initiatives and mapmaking efforts by making exact measurements to find out property boundaries. They gather and record data that is relevant to the contour and shape of the earth’s surface and geodetic measurements.
A surveyor’s working hours do not typically exceed 40 hours a week, but some overtime is to be expected, especially when leading up to deadlines or if the government has given project leaders a mandate to speed up the process.
Surveyors primarily work on a job site, and travel is often required. They work in all types of weather conditions, such as unbearable heat or bitter cold.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
Surveyors generally need to possess a bachelor’s degree in surveying, mapping or geomatics. They must also be licensed.
Do note that licensing criteria and standards vary by state. That said, you will typically need to meet the necessary education requirements, pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, work under a licensed surveyor and pass the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PPS) exam.
With experience and through continued education and training, surveyors can advance to supervisory or management positions, such as survey manager, survey party chief, survey project manager or survey superintendent.