Surveyor - Land or Geomatics

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A land or geomatics surveyor, also known as a geospatial surveyor, measures and charts the earth’s physical and man-made features to collect a range of data. This data is then used by professionals such as cartographers, planners and builders for a number of purposes. This includes development planning and environmental studies.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for graduate land surveyors is around £20,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can range between £25,000 and £45,000 a year, while senior or head surveyors can earn up to £70,000 a year. You may get extra allowances for working overseas.


Conditions vary widely.

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Getting In

You gain chartered or associate status by following one of the routes approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

In addition to the above:

Look for jobs with government departments such as the Ordnance Survey and Ministry of Defence. Other opportunities are in the oil and gas industry or with large building contractors and civil engineers.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland


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Job Outlook Scotland

1.2 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

This is a relatively small profession, but it is expanding with the introduction of new technology such as geographic information systems, global navigation systems and satellite technology.

More Information

The RICS publishes a list of accredited degree and postgraduate courses. The RICS reports that with the changing nature, and greater accuracy, of spatial mapping, there is at present a worldwide demand for land or geomatics surveyors.

For more information please see list of organisations below:


Courtesy of Dan Goes Surveying 


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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