Surveyors can take on many different tasks and roles during their careers, depending on their qualifications and level of experience.
Surveying students at Tafe and University are able to get a taste of what Surveying is really like by starting out as a Survey Assistant during their study. Tafe students can then move into a Surveying Technician/Draftsperson role once they are qualified, whilst those in University complete their degree as a graduate Surveyor, some choosing to specialise in other related fields like Geospatial Information Systems.
Graduate Surveyors can further their career opportunities and remuneration by undertaking a professional training agreement to become a Licensed Surveyor.
Average Salary: Start from $90, 000 + vehicle
Study: Undergraduate degree + Postgraduate degree + Professional Training Agreement
A Licensed Surveyor is the only person who is legally authorised to perform Land or Cadastral Surveying and sign-off on projects.
They perform the following tasks:
- Apply the laws & procedures relating to land ownership, boundaries and titles when undertaking Surveying work
- Accurately map out positions of boundaries where land is subdivided, bought or sold
- Study the natural and urban environment
- Plan and provide critical advice for project developments in land and buildings
- Manage projects from planning approval through construction for land development in urban, rural and regional areas
- Utilise cutting-edge technology such as GPS and laser technology to measure angles and distances on the land.
Read about Tom’s journey to become a newly Licensed Surveyor, and Joe’s unique experience surveying the outback.
Surveyor / Graduate Surveyor
Average Salary: Start from , 000 (plus a vehicle within 6 months)
Study: Undergraduate degree + Postgraduate degree
Surveyors perform the following tasks:
- Measure the size & shape of an area of land
- Work out the position of boundaries of public or private land
- Study the natural and natural environment
- Physically set out land and building developments
Surveyors work in many related fields such as cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) or remote sensing Surveying or as project managers.
Surveying Technician / Draftsperson
Average Salary: 5 years experience $45, 000 (Technician also receives car)
Study: Tafe Diploma
Surveying technicians collect, analyse data and develop plans for land Surveyors to provide the basic information required for a Surveying project. Surveying technicians do the following:
- Take measurements/collect information using high tech equipment.
- Analyse survey data and make calculations
- Draft plans, & plot data using computer software
- Set out reference points on mining and construction activities
Surveying technicians are involved in various projects such as survey drafting, photogrammetry, mining, land development or engineering and construction Surveying.
Average Salary: $36, 000-$38, 000
Study: Tafe Certificate III (Traineeship)
Survey assistants help Surveyors undertake Surveying projects. They may do the following tasks:
- Maintain and use Surveying equipment
- Assist Surveyors in taking measurements
- Record measurements manually or electronically
- Peg out boundaries
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4,000 Year Old Greenlander
WASHINGTON (Reuters) â Scientists have sequenced the DNA from four frozen hairs of a Greenlander who died 4,000 years ago in a study they say takes genetic technology into several new realms.
Surprisingly, the long-dead man appears to have originated in Siberia and is unrelated to modern Greenlanders, Morten Rasmussen of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues found.
"This provides evidence for a migration from Siberia into the New World some 5,500 years ago, independent of that giving rise to the modern Native Americans and Inuit," the researchers wrote in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature