Surveying and Mapping Technicians

General Information

Description

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.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit72.73%
  2. State and local government13.58%
  3. Self-employed7.83%
  4. Federal government4.82%
  5. Private, not for profit0.76%

Job Outlook

Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 7,000 openings for surveying and mapping technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$46,200

Military salary*

$73,227

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State-by-state Salary

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$69,530
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Education

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Knowledge

  • Geography
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
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