Calculate and Create
If you like geography and geometry in equal parts, land surveyor may be your common denominator. These masters of measurement triangulate, calculate and evaluate the lay of the land and derive the data needed to develop, design and build. The tools of the trade include prisms, lasers and altimeters, as well as GPS and GIS technology. Set your coordinates!
What it Pays
- Land Surveyor-In-Training
$68,352 median annual pay for mid-level experience in Los Angeles County
Hourly range of $23.47 to $37.84 in California, based on experience
- Land Surveyor
$85,844 median annual pay for mid-level experience in Los Angeles County
Hourly range of $33.39 to $47.21 in California, based on experience
What You'll Need
- Entry-level land surveyors must have a Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) certificate from the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.
To apply, candidates must have two years of college-level land surveying courses, or two or more years of related work experience, or a combination of courses and work experience totaling two years. Also, candidates must pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam in order to apply for LSIT certification. Full-fledged land surveyors must have a state license and meet additional requirements.