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Land Surveyor

Land/geomatics surveyors measure and collect data on specific areas of land, including information about boundaries, buildings and features, both natural and man-made.

Geomatics is one of the most technologically advanced of the surveying specialist roles and has a key function in a diverse range of sectors, including:

  • cartography (mapping);
  • construction;
  • geographical information systems;
  • property;
  • offshore engineering and exploration

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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service


What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?


Key Responsibilities

making use of geographical information systems (GIS) to analyse and interpret site features
producing detailed information (subsequently analysed by planners, builders and cartographers);
using a range of equipment to produce surveys, including GPS and conventional methods
analysing information thoroughly before it is handed over to other professionals
measuring the ground, including aspects such as small and large-scale distances, angles and elevations
gathering data on the earth's physical and man-made features through surveys
processing data
undertaking digital mapping
thinking creatively to resolve practical planning and development problems
interpreting data using maps, charts and plans
utilising data from a range of sources, such as aerial photography, satellite surveys and laser beam measuring systems
using computer-aided design (CAD) and other IT software to interpret data and present information
keeping up to date with new and emerging technology
providing advice to a variety of clients
Surveyors who have chartered status are more likely to be involved in the managing and monitoring of projects from start to finish


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Entry Requirements

Graduate in a relevant surveying degree, or have shown an interest in the area by choosing surveying modules as part of their course. E.g civil or structural engineering, earth science, environmental science, geography or physical geography, mathematics
surveying and mapping science
Studying an accredited course shortens the length of time you have to spend in professional training, which lasts at least one year

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) and CAD as well as general IT skills
decision-making skills and the ability to work independently
oral and written communication skills
high levels of numeracy
the ability to handle responsibility
map work orientation skills (for work in the field)
accuracy, especially when using equipment
the capacity to identify problems quickly and to offer solutions
the ability to conceptualise 2D and 3D information

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Starting salaries for land/geomatics surveyors are in the region of £20,000 to £25,000
Surveyors with experience and chartered status can earn around £25,000 to £45,000
Working at a senior level with management or partnership responsibilities can see salaries of up to £70,000
The 2015 Rewards and Attitudes survey by RICS and Macdonald & Company reports that the average salary for geomatics professionals is £41,896
Case Study

James Parr

Graduate Surveyor

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Throughout the graduate programme my day-to-day role has changed, but the job always involves advising occupiers, landlords or investors on property occupation or investment performance, collaborating, analysing latest market transactions/ industry news and networking.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The mix of challenging, technical work alongside the social side of the industry.

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