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Pursuing Surveying as a Career: Why Become a Professional Surveyor

  • 06 June, 2018

When evaluating job security and career prospects in the engineering and architectural fields, surveying continually proves to be a strong career choice. Generally, surveyors are responsible for precisely measuring property boundaries as well as determining and delivering data specifying the contour of the Earth's surface for various construction projects.

The demand for surveyors is expected to drastically increase within the next decade. Below are career statistics for surveyors per the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Employment of surveyors is projected to grow 11 percent by 2026
  • Currently, there are 44,800 surveyor jobs in the U.S.
  • The median salary for surveyors is $29.40 per hour, or $61,140 annually
  • California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania have the highest surveyor employment level

To become a professional licensed surveyor, an individual must acquire a bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited university and pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exams.

Due to the increasing demand for surveyors, School of PE has recently launched exam review courses for NCEES' FS and PS exams to assist those in becoming professional surveyors. These two courses combined provide a total of 132 hours of comprehensive lectures and practice sessions. School of PE has strategically designed the two courses to align with NCEES' exam specifications to fully prepare students for the exams.

Pursuing surveying as a career has many advantages for working professionals. If you are interested in becoming a professional licensed surveyor, check out School of PE's FS and PS exam review courses.

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