Land Survey Technologists and Technicians

(NOC 2254)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Land survey technologists and technicians conduct or participate in surveys to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and other structures on the earth's surface, underground, and underwater. They work for all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms, and by private sector surveying companies. Land survey technologists and technicians may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 25 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Land Survey Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 54% of Land Survey Technologists and Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $53,765. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$19.00

Minimum

$26.50

Median

$36.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$21,258

Minimum

$47,578

Median

$70,231

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Land survey technologists and technicians conduct or participate in surveys to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and other structures on the earth's surface, underground, and underwater. They work for all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms, and by private sector surveying companies. Land survey technologists and technicians may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.

Job duties

Land survey technologists:

  • Help survey engineers or professional surveyors develop methods and procedures for conducting field surveys.
  • Conduct field surveys and use survey instruments and computer equipment to measure distance, angles, elevations, and contours.
  • Record measurements and other information obtained during field survey activities.
  • Determine precise geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment.
  • Analyze latitude, longitude and angles and compute trigonometric and other calculations to plot features, contours, and areas to a specific scale.
  • Prepare detailed drawings, charts and plans and survey notes and reports.
  • Supervise and coordinate field survey activities.

Land survey technicians:

  • Participate in field surveys and use survey instruments and devices.
  • Keep records, measurements, and other survey information in systematic order.
  • Help calculate, analyse, and calculate measurements taken during field surveys.
  • Help in prepare detailed drawings, charts, and plans.

Sample job titles

  • engineering survey technician
  • geomatics technician - land surveying
  • geomatics technologist - land surveying
  • land survey technician
  • legal survey technologist
  • marine survey technician
  • offshore survey enigneer
  • topographic survey technician
  • transit operator - surveying

Skills

You should be physically fit and enjoy working outdoors. Good health, eyesight, and manual dexterity are necessary. You must be capable of precise and detailed work, and be able to complete mathematical calculations quickly. Strong technical abilities in the use of new and emerging technologies and an aptitude for mathematics and physics at the high school level are important. A high level of communication skills is necessary.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A two- to three-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technologists.
  • A one- to two-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technicians.
  • Certification by provincial associations of technicians and technologists may be required by some employers.

Other considerations

Movement is possible between the various jobs in this group. Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience. Movement to land surveyor positions is possible by completing the professional surveyor examinations and certification. Geomatics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of geographically referenced data.

By the numbers

Quick look

230

employed in 2016

87.0%

employed full-time

4.3%

self employed

13.0%
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87%
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43.2

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

30.4%

Halifax

28.3%

North Shore

15.2%

Annapolis Valley

13.0%

Southern

13.0%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

42.9%

Professional, scientific and technical services

37.1%

Public administration

14.3%

Construction

5.7%

Transportation and warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

28.0%

55-64

23.0%

35-44

19.0%

25-34

16.0%

45-54

14.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

66.7%

College Diploma

$51,961 median annual income
8.9%

Trade Certification

N/A
8.9%

High school

N/A
6.7%

Less than high school

N/A
6.7%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trade Certification

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Geographic Information Science and Cartography

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the systematic study of mapmaking and the application of mathematical, computer, and other techniques to the science of mapping geographic information. They include courses in cartographic theory and map projections, computer-assisted cartography, map design and layout, photogrammetry, air photo interpretation, remote sensing, cartographic editing, and applications to specific industrial, commercial, research, and governmental mapping problems.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Geography

College or University Program

These programs focus on the systematic study of the spatial distribution and interrelationships of people, natural resources, plant and animal life. They include courses in historical and political geography, cultural geography, economic and physical geography, regional science, cartographic methods, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and applications to areas like land-use planning, development studies, and analyses of specific countries, regions, and resources.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Surveying Technology

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the delineation, determination, planning and positioning of land tracts, land and water boundaries, land contours and features, and preparing related maps, charts and reports. They include courses in applied geodesy, computer graphics, photointerpretation, plane and geodetic surveying, mensuration, traversing, survey equipment operation and maintenance, instrument calibration, and basic cartography.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors
Dartmouth, NS

Additional resources

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