Land Surveyors 


Land surveyors direct and conduct legal surveys to establish property boundaries, and prepare/maintain associated documents.


Work: Land surveyors perform some or all of the following duties: , Develop survey plans, methods and procedures for conducting legal surveys; Plan, direct and supervise or conduct surveys to establish and mark legal boundaries of properties, parcels of lands, provincial and Canada Lands, aboriginal land claims, wellsites, mining claims, utility rights-of-way, roadways and highways; Survey and lay out subdivisions for rural and urban development; Determine precise locations using electronic distance measuring equipment and global positioning systems (GPS); Analyze, manage and display data using geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design and drafting (CAD); Record all measurements and other information obtained during survey activities; Prepare or supervise the preparation and compilation of all data, plans, charts, records and documents related to surveys of real property boundaries; Certify and assume liability for surveys made to establish real property boundaries; Advise, provide consultation and testify as an expert witness on matters related to legal surveys.

Title Examples: Landscape Surveyor, Legal Surveyor, Property Surveyor

Useful Secondary School subjects: Math, Computer-related courses, Drafting, English, Blueprint Reading

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

Requirements: To be a land surveyor, you need a degree in geomatics or survey engineering or a community college program in survey science or geomatics technology with additional credits. You must also pass the official land surveyor examinations. You need to article for one- to three-years and pass professional land survey examinations for a federal or provincial licence. To practise in British Columbia and Quebec, you must be a member of the provincial professional land surveyor association. , Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 3 in 20 have a graduate degree.

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