Understanding Surveyor Roles
Surveyors can take on many different tasks and roles during their careers, depending on their qualifications and level of experience. Understanding each role and level of study required will help you chose the right study pathway for you in pursuing your surveying career.
Typical salary: $42,000
Study: TAFE or VET Certificate III (traineeship)
Survey assistants help surveyors undertake surveying projects.
They may do the following tasks:
Maintain and use surveying equipment
Assist surveyors in taking measurements
Record measurements manually or electronically
Peg out boundaries
SURVEYING TECHNICIAN / DRAFTSPERSON
Typical salary: $64,000 with five years experience (technician may also have use of vehicle)
Study: TAFE or VET diploma
Surveying technicians collect, analyse data and develop plans for land Surveyors to provide the basic information required for a surveying project.
They may do the following:
Take measurements and collect information using high tech equipment
Analyse survey data and make calculations
Draft plans and plot data using computer software
Set out reference points on mining and construction activities
Surveying technicians are involved in various projects such as survey drafting, photogrammetry, mining, land development, engineering and construction surveying.
SURVEYOR / GRADUATE SURVEYOR
Typical salary: Start from $55,000 (plus use of a vehicle within six months)
Study: Undergraduate or postgraduate degree
Surveyors perform the following tasks:
Measure the size and shape of an area of land
Work out the position of boundaries of public or private land
Study the natural and natural environment
Physically set out land and building developments
Surveyors work in many related fields such as cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing surveying or as project managers.
LICENSED / REGISTERED SURVEYOR
Typical salary: Starts from $90,000 + vehicle
Study: Undergraduate degree + postgraduate degree + professional training agreement
A licensed or registered surveyor is the only person who is legally authorised to perform land or cadastral surveying and sign-off on projects.
They perform the following tasks:
Apply the laws & procedures relating to land ownership, boundaries and titles when undertaking surveying work
Accurately map out positions of boundaries where land is subdivided, bought or sold
Study the natural and urban environment
Plan and provide critical advice for project developments in land and buildings
Manage projects from planning approval through construction for land development in urban, rural and regional areas
Utilise cutting-edge technology such as GPS and laser technology to measure angles and distances on the land
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Source: A Life Without Limits - Surveyor Roles