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Geodetic Surveyors

Also called: Geodetic Advisor, Professor, Survey Director

Where in the Army? In the Army: Technical Engineer

What they do:
Measure large areas of the Earth's surface using satellite observations, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), or related sources.
On the job, you would:
  • Analyze control or survey data to ensure adherence to project specifications or land survey standards.
  • Calculate the exact horizontal and vertical position of points on the earth's surface.
  • Verify the mathematical correctness of newly collected survey data.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • geography
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • management


Basic Skills
  • using math to solve problems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • order or arrange things
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
Analytical or scientific software
  • Carlson Simplicity "Sight" Survey
  • National Geodetic Survey NGS VERTCON
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley Microstation


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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