Geodetic Surveyors

Architecture & Construction > Design/Pre-Construction

Projected Growth: Average

4000+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Measure large areas of the Earth’s surface using satellite observations, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), or related sources.

Common job titles of Geodetic Surveyors include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 50% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 25% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Plan or direct the work of geodetic surveying staff, providing technical consultation as needed.

    Verify the mathematical correctness of newly collected survey data.

    Maintain databases of geodetic and related information, including coordinate, descriptive, or quality assurance data.

    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.

    Compute horizontal and vertical coordinates of control networks, using direct leveling or other geodetic survey techniques, such as triangulation, trilateration, and traversing, to establish features of the Earth's surface.

    Conduct surveys to determine exact positions, measurement of points, elevations, lines, areas, volumes, contours, or other features of land surfaces.

    Determine orientation of tracts of land, including position, boundaries, size, and shape, using theodolites, electronic distance-measuring equipment, satellite-based positioning equipment, land information systems, or other geodetic survey equipment.

    Assess the quality of control data to determine the need for additional survey data for engineering, construction, or other projects.

    Prepare progress or technical reports.

    Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in technology, equipment, or systems.

    Distribute compiled geodetic data to government agencies or the general public.

    Request additional survey data when field collection errors occur or engineering surveying specifications are not maintained.

    Provide training and interpretation in the use of methods or procedures for observing and checking controls for geodetic and plane coordinates.

    Review existing standards, controls, or equipment used, recommending changes or upgrades as needed.

    Compute, retrace, or adjust existing surveys of features such as highway alignments, property boundaries, utilities, control and other surveys to match the ground elevation-dependent grids, geodetic grids, or property boundaries and to ensure accuracy and continuity of data used in engineering, surveying, or construction projects.

Tools

Wireline samplers

Transit levels

Surveying gradiometers

Survey levels

Shovels

Seismic activity recorders

Robotic total stations

All Tools

Relative gravimeters

Picks

Personal computers

Mechanical theodolites

Magnetic locaters

Machetes

Laser rangefinders

Laser levels

Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems

Laptop computers

Hypsometers

Gravitational field indicators

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Dual-frequency global positioning system GPS survey units

Desktop computers

Cone penetration test probes

Clinometers

Chain saws

Altimeters

Alidades

Absolute gravimeters

Technologies

Autodesk CAiCE Visual Transportation

Bentley MicroStation

Carlson Civil

ESRI ArcGIS software

Geographic information system GIS software

Hypertext markup language HTML

MicroSurvey Software MicroSurvey CAD

All Technologies

Trimble Terramodel

Virtual reality modeling language VRML software

Advanced Graphics Technology ProCogo

Carlson Simplicity “Sight” Survey

CMT CogoCAD

ESRI ArcView

Geo-Plus

Geocomp Systems GeoCalc

National Geodetic Survey NGS Geodetic Toolkit

National Geodetic Survey NGS VERTCON

QuickCogo

SiteComp Survey

Traverse PC

Underhill Geomatics Copan

Skills

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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