Surveyors plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine, delineate, plan and precisely position tracts of land, natural and constructed features, coastlines, marine floors and underground works, and manage related information systems.

Specialisations: Cadastral Surveyor, Engineering Surveyor, Geodetic Surveyor, Hydrographic Surveyor, Mine Surveyor, Photogrammetric Surveyor.

You usually need a bachelor degree in surveying, spatial science, geospatial science or geographical information systems to work as a Surveyor. Surveyors often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Tasks

  • Undertakes research and development of surveying and photogrammetric measurement systems, cadastral systems and land information systems.
  • Plans and designs land subdivision projects and negotiates details with local governments and other authorities.
  • Advises architects, engineering professionals, environmental and other scientists or other relevant professionals on the technical requirements of surveying, mapping and spatial information systems.
  • Compiles and evaluates data, interprets codes of practice, and writes reports concerning survey measurement, land use and tenure.
  • Prepares site plans and survey reports required for conveyance and land ownership matters.

More about Surveyors and Spatial Scientists

All Surveyors and Spatial Scientists

  • $1,958 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Surveyors

  • 8,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Surveyors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 8,400 in 2011 to 8,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Surveyors work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Surveyors in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Surveyors.

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services60.7
Construction14.5
Mining10.0
Public Administration and Safety7.9
Other Industries6.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSurveyorsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.631.6
VIC19.925.6
QLD21.720.0
SA4.87.0
WA17.110.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.31.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.05.0
20-247.3-9.39.3
25-3429.9-22.922.9
35-4424.1-22.022.0
45-5418.0-21.621.6
55-598.1-9.09.0
60-647.3-6.06.0
65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree46.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma25.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.3-21.121.1
Year 1210.4-18.118.1
Year 111.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.9-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in surveying, spatial science, geospatial science or geographical information systems to work as a Surveyor. Surveyors often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

To work as a Cadastral or licenced Surveyor, you must also be registered in your state or territory.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Surveyors and Spatial Scientists who work well in a team, are motivated and organised.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    82% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Geography

    80% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  3. Design

    73% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    70% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Education and Training

    68% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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  1. Being Exact or Accurate

    99% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  2. Telephone

    98% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    92% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

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