In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Assisting surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists in measuring land and making maps.
- Using technological equipment and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to gather data in the field and record it, and using that data to create maps.
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Typically requires an associate degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree would allow you to work as a Surveyor or Cartographer or Photogrammetrist, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Your associate degree might give you advanced standing or transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certification is not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
Mapping technicians may be eligible for one of the following credentials from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), if you have 3-6 years of related work experience:
- Certified Remote Sensing Technologist
- Certified GIS/LIS Technologist
- Certified Lidar Technologist
- Certified UAS Technologist
Mapping technicians may be eligible for GISP Certification from the GIS Certification Institute if you have 4 years of related work experience.
Surveying technicians may be eligible for the Certified Survey Technician (CST) credential from the National Society of Professional Surveyors, available at four levels requiring between 0-5 years of related work experience.
No licensure is required to work as a Surveying and Mapping Technician.