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Surveying and Mapping Technicians


Surveying and mapping technicians help determine, describe, and record geographic areas or features. They are usually the leading assistant to the professional surveyor, civil engineer, orĀ cartographer. They operate modern surveying and mapping instruments and may participate in other operations. Technicians must have a basic knowledge of the current practices and legal implications of surveys to establish and record property size, shape, topography, and boundaries. They often supervise other assistants during routine surveying conducted within the bounds established by a professional surveyor. There are approximately 53,030 surveying and mapping technicians working in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder

Chief Instrument Worker

Surveying and Mapping Technician

Survey Helper

Trainee or Apprentice

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