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Surveyor

Establishes official land, air space, and water boundaries. Defines air space for airports and measures construction and mineral sites. Manages survey parties that measure distances, directions, and angles between points and elevations of points, lines, and contours of the earth's surface. Plans the survey field work, selects known survey reference points, and determines the precise location of important features in the survey area. Researches legal records and looks for evidence of previous boundaries. Records the results of the survey, verifies the accuracy of data, and prepares plans, maps, and reports. Writes descriptions of land for deeds, leases, and other legal documents. May use computers to record and analyze data. For large surveying projects, uses the Global Positioning System (GPS), which is a satellite system that precisely locates points of the earth using radio signals transmitted by satellites.

An applicant for licensure in land surveying must have a minimum of two years post-secondary education that includes courses in mathematics and the physical sciences. After successfully passing an eight-hour examination on fundamental surveying subjects, the applicant can be certified as a land surveyor intern. Those who complete four years of acceptable experience as a land surveyor intern are qualified to take the eight-hour land surveyor practice examination. Licensure as a land surveyor will be granted to those who pass the second examination. Licenses are issued for two years.

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