Surveying

Surveying is about training to be a surveyor – someone who measures and maps points on the Earth's surface.

Surveying is usually for the purpose of creating maps and determining where boundaries lie for ownership reasons.

Studying in this area involves learning how to use tools like theodolites, maps, aerial and satellite photography, geographic information systems and other computer programs.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Land surveyor
  • Cadastral surveyor
  • Engineering surveyor
  • Hydrographic and oceanographic surveyor
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) operator
  • GIS analyst
  • Surveying and mapping technician
  • Cartographer
  • Property developer
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

181% of national
median earnings


Employment

81%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
16%
Further study
2%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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