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Geodetic Surveyors

Also called: Geodesist, Geodetic Advisor, Licensed Land Surveyor, Survey Director

Where in the Army? In the Army: Construction Engineering Technician; 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:
  • Calculate the exact horizontal and vertical position of points on the earth's surface.
  • Maintain databases of geodetic and related information including coordinate, descriptive, or quality assurance data.
  • Verify the mathematical correctness of newly collected survey data.


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


Basic Skills
  • using math to solve problems
  • reading work related information
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
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect 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
  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
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:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

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


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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