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There is currently a shortage of qualified land surveyors, whose main jobs are to collect and measure data on designated land areas. This data is then interpreted and used for various purposes. The position is increasingly referred to as geomatics surveyor, with geomantics the study and science of information related to constructed and natural environmental geography on economic, natural, and social levels. Industries related to cartography, construction, property, and offshore engineering all use the data these surveyors collect. Landfill sites, pipeline systems, airports, and lands slated for redevelopment are just some of the sites surveyed.
Clients meet with land surveyors to discuss specific project requirements such as how they want the ground measured, with computer-aided design and other modern technologies mow being used alongside more conventional surveying techniques. Although a university degree in geography, geology, engineering, or another related field is an asset, land surveyors may also enter the profession through apprenticeships. Starting salaries range from £13,000 to £20,000, but surveyors with chartered status can earn up to £34,000. Surveyors with partnership or management responsibilities may earn over £72,000.


Land Surveyors or geomatic surveyors are required to work on civil engineering projects. They need to collect data about features of the landscape for engineers, including positioning of objects, land contours, and materials below earth’s surface. Land Surveyor use different methods to gather data needed for construction, such as geomechanic and geomatic surveys, geospatial measurements, and feasibility surveys. They can work for property development companies, surveying firms, building societies, banks, local government departments, among others.

Land Surveyors usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Creating reports.
• Using GPS equipment and other tools.
• Gathering useful landscape data.
• Advising engineers about earth’s materials.
• Measuring areas.


• Having knowledge about safety regulations.
• Being able to effectively manage time.
• Having strong written and spoken communication.
• Having problem solving skills.
• Being able to analyse graphical data.
• Having teamwork abilities.
• Having IT skills.
• Having knowledge about CAD programs and surveying technology.
• Being able to prioritise effectively.
• Being able to work with high accuracy levels.


Most Land Surveyor jobs require two A levels as minimum. People working in this area must follow studies offered by The Chartered Institute of Building, Faculty for Architecture and Surveying, ICES, or RICS. Some degrees offered by these institutions are surveying and mapping science, geographic information systems and geomatics.

Other option to enter to this area is to have a job as a surveying technician, where it is required to have A levels and GCSE’s, including a Higher National Certificate or Diploma. An alternative for these studies is to have a foundation degree in surveying and a supervised training period.

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