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Geodetic Surveyors

Work Environment

Geodetic surveyors work full time, usually 40 hours per week. They may work longer hours on occasion to meet project deadlines. The summer months are the peak work period, with favorable weather conditions, but it is not uncommon for geodetic surveyors to be exposed to adverse conditions even when the weather is fine. They may conduct surveys in areas where they may be exposed to snakes, poison ivy, or other hazardous plants and animals. They may experience heat exhaustion or frostbite. Some of the surveys may be conducted near busy highways with traffic or near construction projects; geodetic surveyors wear safety gear which includes brightly colored clothing so that they are visible. Depending on the job, they may work on one site for a long period of time, or travel to a remote location that requires them to be away from home for several weeks or months.

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