Are you a fan of maps? Do the land variations of a certain area fascinate you? If so, you may be an ideal candidate to be a land surveyor. A land surveyor is a technical specialist who uses mathematics and data gathered to measure surface distances and boundaries. You will observe and record elevations and depressions in an area, calculate coordinates and research property information to identify boundaries and prepare sketches, maps and reports. But what does it take to become a land surveyor? Here are the five simple steps:
High school/apprenticeships. If you’re interested in surveying, high school courses in algebra, trigonometry, geometry, drafting and computers may help prepare you for this type of work.
Earn a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree program in surveying includes, satellite surveying and remote sensing, land information systems, survey research, statistical methods and real estate law.
Obtain a surveyor’s license. All states require surveyors become licensed. Most states accept the results of two exams administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (www.ncees.org).
Seek employment. You’ll find surveying jobs mainly at government agencies and at architectural, engineering, mining, construction and utility companies. These jobs will be the result of more demand for surveyors, especially on infrastructure projects, as well as the retirement and turnover of current workers.
Certifications and specializations. Many employers prefer to promote workers who have obtained a voluntary Certified Survey Technician (CST) certification from the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). This four-tier certification is available at stages throughout your first six years of experience as a surveyor.
To find out more about becoming a land surveyor, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.
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