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Land Survey Technologists and Technicians

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NOC:2254
Occupation:Land Survey Technologists and Technicians
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

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 secondary 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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Land Survey Technologists and Technicians170xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $21,258
Median: $47,578
Maximum: $70,231
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Land Survey Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time89%94%
Percent self-employed15%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentLand Survey Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern13%x12%$30,581
Northern28%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton13%x13%$32,974
Halifax30%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley15%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeLand Survey Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-2424%x
25-34x14%
35-4418%33%
45-5418%32%
55-6429%18%
65+x4%
Median Age4343
GenderLand Survey Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female13%20%
Male87%80%
EducationLand Survey Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school6.7%x0.7%$28,107
High school11.1%$65,60512.1%$35,125
Trades certificate6.7%$57,3446.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma62.2%$47,76133.7%$52,476
University certificate or diploma4.4%x3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree6.7%$55,13929.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx2.0%$54,917
Master's degreexx9.7%$37,706
Doctoratexx1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors
325A Prince Albert Road
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1N5
Tel: (902) 469-7962
Fax: (902) 469-7963
ansls@accesswave.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Cartography
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Geography
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Surveying technology/surveying
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
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.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
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