Surveying or Spatial Science Technicians collect, record and evaluate spatial information and prepare databases, maps, charts and plans in support of Surveyors, Cartographers or Other Spatial Scientists.

Also known as: GIS Technician.

Specialisations: Aerial Survey Technician, Photogrammetrist.

You usually need a formal qualification in spatial information services or surveying to work as a Surveying or Spatial Science Technician. Surveying and Spatial Science Technicians often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Tasks

  • Assists construction managers, architects and surveyors in planning and organisation.
  • Interprets plans, regulations and codes of practice.
  • Prepares preliminary sketches, working drawings and specifications.
  • Prepares, edits and revises maps, charts and drawings.
  • Collects data using surveying instruments and photogrammetric equipment.
  • Performs routine computations and plotting preliminary data.

All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Surveying and Spatial Science Technicians

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 23% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Surveying and Spatial Science Technicians (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Surveying and Spatial Science Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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 Services53.9
Public Administration and Safety22.5
Construction7.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3.8
Other Industries12.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSurveying and Spatial Science TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW35.331.6
VIC18.425.6
QLD23.820.0
SA6.27.0
WA10.510.8
TAS2.02.0
NT1.51.0
ACT2.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSurveying and Spatial Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-248.7-9.39.3
25-3428.6-22.922.9
35-4422.7-22.022.0
45-5419.8-21.621.6
55-598.8-9.09.0
60-647.5-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationSurveying and Spatial Science TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree19.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma29.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV21.3-21.121.1
Year 1218.2-18.118.1
Year 112.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.5-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in spatial information services or surveying to work as a Surveying or Spatial Science Technician. Surveying and Spatial Science Technicians often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Surveying or Spatial Science Technician.

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Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. 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.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    66% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Design

    50% Skill level

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

  5. English Language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-1021.00 - Cartographers and Photogrammetrists.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being Exact or Accurate

    97% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    95% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  3. Spend Time Sitting

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

  4. Repeating Same Tasks

    89% Important

    How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    89% Important

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

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-1021.00 - Cartographers and Photogrammetrists.

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