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Surveying & Mapping Technicians

Also called: Engineering Technician, Mapping Technician, Photogrammetric Technician, Survey Technician

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What they do:
Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist, to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps.
On the job, you would:
  • Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
  • Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
  • Design or develop information databases that include geographic or topographic data.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • 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

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology
  • Geographic information system GIS software Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • ESRI ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • Triton Elics International Isis

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$46,200
$29,110
$77,480
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