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					         Agricultural Careers

               Surveyor




 By: Dr. Frank Flanders and Trisha Rae Stephens
Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office   START

       Georgia Department of Education
                   June 2005
              Job Duties & Responsibilities



• Manage survey parties
• Measure distances, directions and
contours of land
• Plan fieldwork for the survey team
• Select survey points and locate
important features of land
• Research legal records, record
results of surveys, and analyze data
• Locate boundary lines
• Prepare plots, maps and reports
                  Qualities and Skills
• Must be able to work outdoors for at least an 8 hour day
• Should be able to withstand all types of weather and temperature
• Good eyesight
• Should be good drivers
• Interest in geography and topography
• Ability to work on a team
• Computer and technical skills to operate a GPS system
                            Salary
Median annual earnings of surveyors were $39,970 in 2002. Median
annual earnings of surveyors employed in architectural, engineering,
            and related services were $38,370 in 2002.
                       Work Environment
Major Federal Government employers are the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS),
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Army Corps of Engineers, the
Forest Service (USFS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), and the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Most surveyors in State and local government work for highway departments,
urban planning and redevelopment agencies.

Construction firms, mining corporations, oil and gas
extraction companies, and public
utilities also employ surveyors
and surveying technicians.
 Education needed to become a Land Surveyor
Most people prepare for a career as a Professional Land Surveyor by combining
postsecondary school courses in surveying with extensive on-the-job training.
However, as technology advances, a 4-year college degree is becoming more
important. About 25 universities now offer 4-year programs leading to a B.S.
degree in surveying. Junior and community colleges, technical institutes and
vocational schools offer 1, 2, and 3-year programs in both surveying and
surveying technology.
           Career Resources
  The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
       Suite #406, 6 Montgomery Village Ave.
              Gaithersburg, MD 20879
            Internet: http://www.acsm.net

      National Society of Professional Surveyors
       Suite #403, 6 Montgomery Village Ave.
               Gaithersburg, MD 20879
          Internet: http://www.acsm.net/nsps

 American Association of Geodetic Surveying (AAGS)
       Suite #403, 6 Montgomery Village Ave.
              Gaithersburg, MD 20879
         Internet: http://www.acsm.net/aags

ASPRS: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society
            5410 Grosvenor Ln Suite 210
             Bethesda, MD 20814-2160
            Internet: http://www.asprs.org

				
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