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Surveyors and Spatial Scientists plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine and delineate boundaries and features of tracts of land, marine floors and underground works, prepare and revise maps, charts and other geographic products, and analyse, present and maintain geographical information about locations in space and time.
Plans, directs and conducts survey work to determine, delineate, plan and precisely position tracts of land, natural and constructed features, coastlines, marine floors and underground works, and manages related information systems. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Cadastral Surveyor, Engineering Surveyor, Geodetic Surveyor, Hydrographic Surveyor, Mine Surveyor, Photogrammetric Surveyor
Applies scientific, mathematical and cartographic design principles to prepare and revise maps, charts and other forms of cartographic output.
Acquires, integrates, analyses, interprets, presents, manages and distributes information about locations in space and time, and develops related equipment, software and services.
Specialisations: Geographic Information Systems Manager
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a medium sized occupation employing 15,200 workers. The number of workers has grown strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 13,900. Around 3,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher is required and half of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required, depending on the state or territory you live in.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Surveyors and Spatial Scientists who work well in a team, are motivated and organised.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?
How much time do you spend sitting?
How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.