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What does a surveyor do?

You might be wondering ‘What does a surveyor do?’, surveyors bring fundamental knowledge to projects involving environmental assessments, land development, construction, real estate deals, and mining. As a surveyor you would create maps and provide information about land and infrastructure. To be able to map land, water or airspace you would likely use GPS equipment to measure distance, angles and elevations.  If you go into this industry it’s likely you will work across a broad range of projects, however some choose to specialise solely as a Building surveyor or land surveyors.

In this profession you could work for a consultancy, the government, land developers, mining companies or construction organisations.  

Is a career as a surveyor right for me?

If you’re methodical and have and interest in mathematics you might enjoy a career in surveying. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • good problem-solving skills  
  • an interest in technology 
  • high attention to detail 
  • the ability to record data accurately  
  • the capacity to work independently or as part of a team. 

How to become a surveyor

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career as a surveyor. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of surveying:


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Last updated May 2024.

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