A professional land surveyor performs surveys and land measurements that may serve a variety of purposes; they may also supervise crews completing surveying work. Usually, these surveys with are for future building or infrastructure projects by public or private contractors. As a licensed professional, the surveyor usually performs a variety of roles in not only measurement procedures, but also in personnel management, reconciling data, and preparing reports of findings.
The professional land surveyor typically holds a high-level position in the surveying crew. The surveyor ensures that all work performed conforms to current best practices and surveying standards. They inspect methods and double-check findings to produce measurements that are as accurate as possible. Additionally, the professional land surveyor uses the raw data from the crew(s) to assess accuracy and reconcile figures. They then typically prepare the survey for architects, designers, and/or planners to use in the design and building processes. The surveyor may be asked to remeasure or reassess based on the needs of the planners as well.
Professional land surveyors typically split their work time between outdoor work at job sites and indoor work processing survey measurements and data. To work in this field, usually a relevant postsecondary degree is required (such as from a vocational or technical school). Many states also require certification for professional surveyors, requiring passing tests and completing continuing education regarding property, right-of-way, and parceling laws.
Professional Land Surveyor Tasks
Survey sites and document topology, utilities, construction locations and transportation information.
Coordinate with and inform workers, engineers, property owners and the public.
Create documents and images to convey site information and guide projects.
Measure and determine boundaries, areas, elevations, dimensions and other metrics.