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What is it like to be a Surveyor?

Surveyors apply their analytical, scientific and computing skills to surveying and spatial information projects in the land development industry. A variety of high tech equipment is used, including, satellite technology, computers, laser scanners, plans and 3D digital models of existing land features or proposed designs. They are involved in all stages of development from the subdivision of land into building allotments through to construction.

Surveyors work in a variety of settings including property and land development organisations, surveying companies, construction companies, government institutions, mining companies and private consultancy, among many others.

For more information about a career as a Surveyor, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

Surveyors use their logical and methodical minds to solve complex problems. As a surveyor you will enjoy working with mathematics and have an interest in the construction industry.

  • Good at mathematics
  • Interested in technology
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to work neatly and accurately
  • Good health and normal colour vision
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team.

To become a Surveyor

To be able to become a Surveyor, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway.

To qualify as a registered cadastral surveyor (property boundaries) with one of the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand, the following pathway will help you on your journey:

To qualify as a registered mining surveyor (QLD & NSW) or a registered engineering surveyor (QLD) the following pathway will help you on your journey:

If you don't meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Spatial Science or Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology, you may like to consider the following pathway:

  1. Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Surveying)
  2. Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology (Surveying)
  3. Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Surveying)

This pathway also provides you with the option to exit your studies at year 2 or year 3 with a qualification.

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology (Surveying) program is accredited by the Surveyors Board of Queensland and is recognised in every Australian state and in New Zealand through reciprocal arrangements.

The degree, together with relevant industry experience, enables registration as a graduate surveyor with the Queensland Surveyors Board.

The degree, together with relevant industry experience, enables registration and/or licensing as a professional mining surveyor with the Surveyors Boards of Queensland and New South Wales.

The Spatial Science Institute has accredited both program majors and graduates are eligible for membership with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Australia.


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