How to become a Surveyor

How to become a Surveyor

Surveyors are responsible for taking precise measurements of plots of land and preparing plans for construction or mapping based on these measurements. You could be measuring pieces of land as small as house blocks, all the way up to large stretches of coastline.

If you want a job that will keep you on your feet and take you to new places, this could be the perfect career for you.


About you:


  • Great problem solver
  • Can work in teams
  • Observant and analytical
  • Fit and active
  • Excellent communicator
  • Critical thinker
  • Careful and precise
  • Great time management skills


The job:


  • Measuring distances and angles to accurately define land boundaries
  • Working with a variety of technical equipment, including GPS, theodolites, drones, and more
  • Compiling and analysing gathered data
  • Preparing site plans, reports, and maps
  • Presenting data to clients and other professionals
  • Liaising with builders, architects, urban planners, and engineers
  • Monitoring any environmental problems or concerns


Lifestyle Impact: Moderate


  • Part Time opportunities: Very low – only around 12% of Surveyors work part-time (source:
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 47 hours a week, which is above average (source:
  • Surveyors’ salary (average) $100,000* per year (source: *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Strong (source:
  • A majority of your work will be done outdoors, and if you need to meet a deadline you may need to work in all kinds of weather.


Surveyors are most in demand in these locations:


Around 8,500 people worked as Surveyors in Australia in 2021 (source: There is above average demand for Surveyors in Western Australia. Most Surveyors work in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, and Construction industries.


How to become a Surveyor in Australia


To become a Surveyor in Australia you will need to complete a relevant undergraduate degree, as well as some further training.


Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English, Maths and Sciences.


Step 2 – Complete a relevant undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Surveying.


Step 3 – Register with your State or Territory’s Surveyors Board. Registration requirements can include a working under the supervision of a registered Surveyor and written or oral examinations.


Step 4 – Start working as a fully registered Surveyor.


Step 5 – With experience, consider applying for further specialist endorsements.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do Surveyors do?


Surveyors use a variety of tools and technology to accurately measure plots of land.


Which industries employ Surveyors?


Surveyors are mostly employed in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, and Construction industries.


What options are there for career progression?


You can start out with a Certificate IV or Diploma qualification and work as a Surveying Assistant before moving your way up to becoming a Surveyor. There are several areas you might like to specialise in as a Surveyor, including land, marine, mining, environmental, engineering, and more.


Do I need to go to university to become a Surveyor?


Yes, you will need to complete an undergraduate degree before you can start working as a fully qualified Surveyor.


Where do Surveyors work?


Surveyors can work for private companies, such as architects, builders, or engineers, or for the Government.


What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Surveyor?


If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Surveyor is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Work on building important maths skills by taking short courses or online workshops, or even entering competitions.
  2. See if you can find work experience in surveying or a related field. This will help you see if you might enjoy the work, and can help you start building important contacts for the future.
  3. Talk to a Surveyor to see what a day in their life is like. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can watch videos or documentaries about a career in surveying or spatial science.

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