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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:

Pay

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 £22,000 a year. With experience this can range between £24,000 and £40,000 a year, while senior or head surveyors can earn in excess of £45,000 a year. You may get extra allowances for working overseas.

Conditions

Conditions vary widely.

Workforce Employment Status

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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).

There are other factors to consider.

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

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
4760
1.2 %
RISE
2023
4818
  United Kingdom
2018
60295
3.3 %
RISE
2023
62285

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

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.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland
Tel: 0131 225 7078
E-mail: scotland@rics.org
Website: http://www.rics.org/uk
Twitter: @RICSnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ricssurveyors

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