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 are employed by all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms, and by private sector surveying establishments.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

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

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Land Survey Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 57% 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$21,258

Minimum

$47,578

Median

$70,231

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

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 are employed by all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms, and by private sector surveying establishments.

Job duties

Land survey technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist survey engineers or professional surveyors to develop methods and procedures for conducting field surveys.
  • Conduct field surveys and operate 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Participate in field surveys and operate survey instruments and devices.
  • Keep records, measurements and other survey information in systematic order.
  • Assist in the calculation, analysis and computation of measurements obtained during field surveys.
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed drawings, charts and plans. // 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.

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

For this type of work, 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 perform 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

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technologists.
  • Completion of 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

Mobility is possible between the various jobs in this group. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience. Progression to land surveyor position is possible with completion of 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

170

employed in 2016

88.6%

employed full-time

0.0%

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

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

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%

Northern

15.2%

Annapolis Valley

13.0%

Southern

13.0%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

37.1%

Professional Business Services

37.1%

Public Administration

14.3%

Construction

5.7%

Other Professional Services

5.7%

Transportation and Warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

29.4%

55-64

23.5%

15-24

17.6%

35-44

17.6%

45-54

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

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

62.2%

College certificate or diploma

$47,761 median annual income
11.1%

High school

$65,605 median annual income
6.7%

Bachelor's degree

$55,139 median annual income
6.7%

Less than high school

N/A
6.7%

Trades certificate

$57,344 median annual income

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

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Cartography

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of mapmaking and the application of mathematical, computer, and other techniques to the science of mapping geographic information. These programs 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

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Geography

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of the spatial distribution and interrelationships of people, natural resources, plant and animal life. These programs 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 such as land-use planning, development studies, and analyses of specific countries, regions, and resources.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Surveying technology/surveying

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals 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 the preparation of related maps, charts and reports. These programs 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

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors
325A Prince Albert Road
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1N5
Tel: (902) 469-7962
Fax: (902) 469-7963

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