How Do I Become a Survey Technician?

Jessica F. Black

The education requirements to become a survey technician may vary depending on the field that you are interested in. Most companies may prefer that you have at least an associate's degree in an applied science that is directly related to surveying technology. In order to increase employment opportunities and pay rates, you may want to consider a bachelor's degree in surveying technology or similar subject area. Many locations may provide examinations for certification in the field and this will significantly improve your chances to become a survey technician. Although many companies do not require that you have certification, a license in the field will often help with career advancement opportunities.

Man with hands on his hips
Man with hands on his hips

You will need to research universities to find a school that offers coursework and degrees in your intended field. If you choose to work on your degree, you will want to consult an adviser in order to map out the appropriate course schedule required to become a survey technician. Aside from prerequisites, you may want to take field-related introductory courses including surveying law, land and road construction surveys, surveying software applications, and public land surveying. In addition to introductory courses, you will also need to excel in coursework such as advanced surveying, survey office practice and, photogrammetry and remote sensing. Once you have taken several field-based courses, you should begin searching for experience opportunities.

Construction firms and other companies that employ surveyors may be looking for assistants or you can consult the applied science department at your school to learn about internship opportunities. This is a hands-on profession and experience will be extremely important to become a survey technician. You will want to volunteer for a variety of positions in the field because many of these professions differ slightly. Future employers will want to see that you are familiar with several aspects of this profession and volunteer work or internships will enable you to display proficiency in the field.

Computer skills and other technical abilities will also be required to become a survey technician because of the equipment used in this profession. You should also work well with a team because you will need to consult with construction or road crews and other professionals in the field. During your undergraduate studies, you should enroll in at least one intermediate computer course in order to improve your skills. After graduation, you can often find employment opportunities posted at local government agencies, construction firms, or on the Internet.

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