Magazine article Techniques

Surveyor

Magazine article Techniques

Surveyor

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SURVEYORS MEASURE AND MAP THE WORLD'S TERRAIN, establishing official land, airspace and water boundaries. They measure and analyze angles and distances between property corners and physical features on a piece of land, and write descriptions of land for deeds, leases and other legal documents.

The Workplace

Construction, mining and utility companies are among those that employ surveyors. Surveyors may also work for state and local governments, highway departments, urban planning and redevelopment agencies, and federal government agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Educational Requirements

According to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), most states require surveyors to have a degree from either a two- or four-year college program. Completing the college program, successfully passing an exam and obtaining the necessary work experience, provides eligibility to take a national exam and earn a license. NSPS notes that the few states that don't require a degree usually require at least 10 years spent in the field before taking the licensing exam. …

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