Land Surveyor

Job Description:

Land surveyors measure the shape of the land, and gather data for civil engineering and construction projects.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

In this role you will:

  • collect and analyse data to map the land for civil engineering and construction projects
  • carry out surveys and identify potential effects of construction on the environment
  • use GPS and surveying instruments
  • use digital images and satellite photos
  • collect and analyse data using geographic information systems (GIS)
  • monitor land movement as a result of construction and natural processes
  • create charts and maps using computer-aided design (CAD)


You’ll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of geography
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

As well as:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • a graduate training scheme

You’ll usually need a relevant degree or postgraduate qualification.

Relevant subjects include:

  • surveying
  • civil engineering
  • geomatics
  • geographical information science

You may be able to do a postgraduate conversion course if your first degree is not related to surveying.

You could do a geospatial and mapping science degree apprenticeship.

Other Routes
You could get a postgraduate qualification through a graduate trainee scheme.

You could also get a graduate diploma in surveying by distance learning, with the University College of Estate Management, if you’re working for a surveying practice.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could move into project management or contract management. You could specialise in an aspect of surveying, or work as a self-employed consultant.

You may also be able to apply for chartered environmentalist status.