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Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Quick Facts : Surveying and Mapping Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$37,900
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201256,900
Job Outlook16% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change9,000

Surveying and mapping technicians assist surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists. Together, they collect data and make maps of the earth?s surface. Surveying technicians visit sites to take measurements of the land. Mapping technicians use geographic data to create maps.

What Surveying and Mapping Technicians Do

  • Operate surveying instruments, such as electronic distance-measuring equipment, to collect data on a location
  • Visit sites to record survey measurements and other descriptive data
  • Search for previous survey points, such as old stone markers
  • Set out stakes and marks to conduct the survey, and then retrieve them
  • Enter the data from surveying instruments into computers, either in the field or in an office

Work Environment

Surveying technicians work outside extensively and can be exposed to all types of weather. Mapping technicians work primarily indoors on computers. Most surveying and mapping technicians work for firms that provide engineering, surveying, and mapping services on a contract basis. State and local governments also employ these workers in highway and planning departments.
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Job Outlook

Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to recent advancements in mapping technology leading to new uses for maps.
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The average salary of surveying and mapping technicians in May 2010 was $37,900.
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Becoming a Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Surveying technicians generally need a high school diploma, but some have postsecondary training in survey technology. An associate's degree or bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as geomatics, is beneficial for these workers.
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