Surveyors' Assistants perform routine tasks to assist Surveyors and Geologists by transporting, assembling, maintaining and laying out prospecting and surveying equipment, and collecting and labelling samples.

Specialisations: Geological Survey Field Assistant, Seismic Survey Assistant.

You can work as a Surveyor's Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in surveying or spatial information services might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Assists with the measuring of distances, angles and variations in terrain as directed by a surveyor.
  • Places pegs and other survey marks as directed.
  • Performs various duties to assist surveyor, such as establishing plumb marks.

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All Other Construction and Mining Labourers

  • $1,683 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Surveyor's Assistants

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 58% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Surveyor's Assistants (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,000 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Surveyor's Assistants work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Mining; and Construction.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (58%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (28%).
  • Gender: 9% 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 Services59.3
Mining10.6
Construction8.6
Public Administration and Safety8.0
Other Industries13.5

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.
StateSurveyor's AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW35.431.6
VIC20.525.6
QLD19.420.0
SA4.97.0
WA16.210.8
TAS1.82.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.01.9

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 BracketSurveyor's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.3-5.05.0
20-2422.0-9.39.3
25-3420.0-22.922.9
35-4414.1-22.022.0
45-5414.1-21.621.6
55-596.8-9.09.0
60-647.7-6.06.0
65 and Over9.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationSurveyor's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree16.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV18.4-21.121.1
Year 1231.3-18.118.1
Year 114.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below14.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Surveyor's Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in surveying or spatial information services might be helpful.

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Employers look for Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.

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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

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  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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