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Survey Technician Job Description

A survey technician is a person who assists a licensed surveyor in mapping, collecting and evaluating data to establish boundaries. Survey technicians play supporting roles to surveyors and are not responsible for survey results, as they do not make the final decisions.

A survey technician should be patient, precise, reliable, and good at math and computer aided design (CAD). They should have physical strength and stamina, as they may need to carry heavy surveying equipment and instruments and walk or climb through rough or slanted grounds into surveying fields.

What does a Survey Technician do?

Survey technicians may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Survey technicians work normal office hours, but may be required to work evenings and weekends especially when doing fieldworks. They work indoors in offices and outdoors in the field. They may travel to survey areas and be away from home for a period of time and work in all weather conditions and in rough or slanted grounds. They may stand for long periods while working.

What is Required to Become a Survey Technician?

To become a survey technician, you will need to have an associate’s degree in surveying.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Survey technicians need to have:


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