How to become a Surveying Technician

Surveying technicians collect and analyse information and develop plans for surveyors and related professionals. They provide the basic information required for land development and redevelopment, including such activities as road-building, construction projects and subdivision of land.

Personal requirements of a Surveying Technician

  • normal colour vision
  • enjoy working with technology
  • good with numbers
  • aptitude for working with computers
  • able to supervise small teams of workers
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • able to work as part of a team.

Duties & Tasks of a Surveying Technician

Surveying technicians: • collect and analyse survey data, source maps, photographs, computer records and other information • take measurements and make observations from aerial photographs • take measurements associated with the management of natural resources and mining activities • draw up plans by recording information, making calculations and plotting information into the required format - this is done either by hand or on a computer using a computer-aided design (CAD) programme • make maps showing features and associated information • set out marks to locate construction activities • store data in geographic information systems (GIS) and undertake activities such as enquiries, reports and plot production • operate and manage land information computer systems.

Working conditions for a Surveying Technician

They work indoors and outdoors and may be required to travel.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.3%

NSW 31.1%

NT 0.8%

QLD 16.9%

SA 6.7%

TAS 1.5%

VIC 33.8%

WA 8%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 68%

Female 32%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 11.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 15.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 27.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 19.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 19.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 6.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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