Surveying Technicians

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What do they do?

Adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.

Also known as:

Chainman, Engineering Assistant, Engineering Technician, Field Crew Chief, Instrument Man (I-Man), Instrument Operator, Instrument Person, Party Chief, Rodman, Survey Crew Chief, Survey Party Chief, Survey Technician

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Surveying and Mapping Technicians in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Surveying and Mapping Technicians is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #19 in job growth rate
  • 290

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth
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Majors that prepare Surveying Technicians:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (1.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.6%)
  • Associate's degree (22.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (36.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (30.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (3.9%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Create maps.
  • Operate computer systems.
  • Verify mathematical calculations.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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