How to become a Surveyor

Surveyors measure, analyse and report land-related information for the planning and regulation of land, sea and the environment. Surveyors may work in related fields such as photogrammetry, geographic information systems (GIS) or remote sensing, and as project managers. After spending some years in the field, they often progress to management roles.

Personal requirements of a Surveyor

  • 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

Education & Training for a Surveyor

To become a surveyor you usually have to complete a degree in surveying, spatial science, geospatial science or geographical information systems at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Additional Information
Graduates may be able to become registered or licensed by the surveyors board in their state or territory after completing a set amount of supervised practical experience. Graduates may also need to sit an exam, attend an interview, complete technical projects or pursue further study. All states and territories of Australia and New Zealand have mutual recognition arrangements, whereby registration as a surveyor in any one area allows for registration anywhere else in these zones through a process of application, involving payment of the appropriate fees and requiring that minimum statutory requirements are met.
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