Surveyors adjust and operate surveying instruments, compile notes, and enter data into computer programs. Surveyors also prepare maps and plans.

Duties and tasks

  • Collects information needed to conduct new surveys
  • Conducts surveys to pinpoint the locations of natural features and man-made structures
  • Gathers information necessary to stake projects for construction
  • Maintains equipment and vehicles used for the purpose of surveying
  • Performs manual labour, such as cutting branches and carrying equipment
  • Reviews preliminary sketches, drawings and specifications
  • Utilises a computer program to store data, make inquiries and produce reports

Skills required

  • Accurately reads maps and technical drawings
  • Experience operating surveying instruments
  • Good research skills
  • Physically able to climb, lift, balance, walk and stoop
  • Strong attention to detail

Working conditions

Surveyors usually work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. A lot of their time is spent outdoors regardless of the elements. Longer work days might be required based on needs. For example, aerial photography works best when trees are barren, thus a Surveyor might work additional hours in late fall or early spring.

Professional associations / Industry information

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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