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Surveying

Individuals who enjoy working outdoors and have an interest in engineering or architecture may want to become surveyors. Read on to learn more about an education and career in this profession.

Inside Surveying

Surveyors determine official land, water, and air boundaries and mark important reference points for use in architecture, construction, mapping and litigation. They take detailed measurements and map the contours and boundaries of a designated area on the Earth's surface, either underground or underwater. Through these measurements, they can establish property and political boundaries, help contractors and architects plan their buildings, create maps and gather digital information for GIS. Surveyors blend knowledge and expertise from cartography, geography, engineering and surveying to perform these duties.

Education Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that surveyors today need at least a bachelor's degree in geography, land surveying, cartography or a related area to be successful (www.bls.gov). Many states require a postsecondary degree as a prerequisite to granting a surveyor license.

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