A Career in Land Surveying
Land Surveying includes boundary retracement, land subdivision, topographic, construction layout, geodesy, hydrography, mining, forensics, and other specialized fields requiring accurate and reliable location of features and objects on the land.
Using cutting-edge technology, combined with knowledge and experience, a Licensed Surveyor is a person qualified to determine the accurate position of objects on, above, or below, the surface of the earth. Land Surveyors creatively combine history, research, science, technology, and mathematics for the benefit of the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to ensure the quality of land and asset management.
Sounds like an interesting career, but is it practical?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were over 44,000 Professional Land Surveyors in 2014 with a median pay rate of $57,000 per year. The average age of today's surveyors is 58 years old, which means that in less than 10 years, nearly half of the Surveyors now employed will be retiring, opening up positions for more than 20,000 new professionals.
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Schools that offer Land Surveying Degrees in or near Pennsylvania
Penn College of Technology: Williamsport, PA - Offers a two year program in Surveying Technology
Penn State University: Wilkes-Barre, PA Campus - Offers two and four year programs in SurveyingAlfred State University: Alfred, NY - Offers two and four year programs in Surveying
New Jersey Institute of Technology: Offers two and four year programs in Surveying
University of Akron: Offers two and four year programs in Surveying
The Pennsylvania Land Surveyors Foundation offers more than $10,000 per year in scholarships for surveying students. Scholarships are available to High School Seniors applying to an accredited surveying degree program, and College Students enrolled in an accredited surveying degree program.
The National Society of Professional Surveyors offers $25,000 annually to students across the nation to support and encourage college education in the industry