Geodetic Surveyors

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Geodesist, Geodetic Advisor, Geodetic Surveyor, Land Surveyor

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Engineering; Engineering Apprentice; Engineering Helper; Engineering Superintendent; Geospatial Intelligence Analyst; Geospatial Intelligence Apprentice, Imagery Analyst; Geospatial Intelligence Helper; Geospatial Intelligence Journeyman, Imagery Analyst; Targeting Analyst Apprentice; Targeting Analyst Helper
Construction Engineering Technician; Geospatial Engineering Technician; Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst; Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Technician; Technical Engineer
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Geographic Intelligence Specialist
Airborne/Subsurface Electronic Warfare Operator; Engineering Aid; Engineering Aide; Geospatial Information and Services (GIandS) Officer; Geospatial-Imagery Interpreter; Operational Electronic Intelligence Analyst
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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.
  • Conduct surveys to determine exact positions, measurement of points, elevations, lines, areas, volumes, contours, or other features of land surfaces.
  • Calculate the exact horizontal and vertical position of points on the Earth's surface.


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

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


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



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • order or arrange things

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • Bentley MicroStation Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • QuickCogo
  • Underhill Geomatics Copan


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

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