In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Determining legal property boundaries through land measurement and observation of physical markers, using Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.
- Researching land and property records, and preparing reports and maps.
- Requires a significant amount of travel to surveying locations, and physical stamina to walk long distances over all kinds of terrain in all kinds of weather while carrying equipment.
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Typically requires a bachelor’s degree. Obtaining a master’s degree would make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this pathway, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a master’s degree.
Certification is not required.
All states require surveyors to be licensed before they can certify legal documents and provide surveying services to the public.