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Occupation Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Description: Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of a engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 13-3031

Sample Job Titles: Survey Party Chief, Survey Technician, Survey Crew Chief, Instrument Man (I-Man), Chainman, Rodman, Instrument Operator, Engineering Technician, Engineering Assistant, Field Crew Chief, Mapping Technician, Stereoplotter Operator, Photogrammetric Compilation Specialist, Photogrammetric Technician, Computer Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician), Draftsman, Hydrographic Surveyor, Photogrammetric Stereo Compiler, Aerotriangulation Specialist, Agricultural Global Positioning System Mapper (Agricultural GPS Mapper) 

 Salary Chart Surveying & Mapping Technicians

Estimated Total Employment*
2009: 62,940
2010: 53,870
2011: 48,590
2012: 47,000
2013: 47,950

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 17,000
Projected Growth (2012-2022): 8-14%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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