How to become a surveyor
Pathways to this career
- Study a surveying degree, majoring in spatial science, geospatial science or geographical information systems.
- Complete your practical training hours, as required by your state.
- Pass industry specific exams set out by your state's surveyor board.
- Register to become a licensed surveyor.
What does a surveyor do?Surveyors adjust and operate surveying instruments, compile notes, and enter data into computer programs. Surveyors also prepare maps and plans.
Duties and tasks
- Collect information needed to conduct new surveys.
- Conduct surveys to pinpoint the locations of natural features and man-made structures.
- Gather information necessary to stake projects for construction.
- Maintain equipment and vehicles used for the purpose of surveying.
- Perform manual labour, such as cutting branches and carrying equipment.
- Review preliminary sketches, drawings and specifications.
- Utilise a computer program to store data, make inquiries and produce reports.
- Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW
- Association of Consulting Surveyors Victoria
- Spatial Industries Business Association
- Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute
- The Institution of Surveyors
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