How to become a Surveyor

Can you visualize objects, distances, sizes and abstract forms? Do you enjoy working with computers and learning new technology? Are you good at math, especially algebra, geometry and trigonometry? Do you like solving mysteries and puzzles? If you answered yes to these questions, you should consider a career in surveying.

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Early on in our profession, Apprenticeship was the only real educational opportunity available. Yet, just as technological advancements have thrust various other fields toward traditional academia, we are no different. In every state of the Union, technical colleges and universities offer associates or bachelors degrees in surveying, mapping or geomatics. With so many opportunities available, it’s important to do your research. A good place to start is with your State Licensing Board. Once you have a good understanding of what will be required, then you can refine your search for the right college. Technical Colleges and Universities have advisors on hand who can help you map out a plan to reach your career goals while ensuring  you have a clear understanding of the path to licensure.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarships currently are available from the North Carolina Society of Surveyors Education Foundation. These scholarships are awarded to students who are enrolled in a college or university program for: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Surveying 
  • Bachelor of Science in Geomatics 
  • Associate of Applied Science in Surveying Technology
  • similar degree 

Applicants must: 

  • have been a legal resident of North Carolina for the previous 12 months
  • demonstrate a genuine interest in Land Surveying in North Carolina as a profession
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • meet the Scholarship rules 

Application deadline is March 15.

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The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping also offers scholarships. Find out more at

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Good at math? Test your skills and win $$$ 

The Trig Star Contest is an annual high school mathematics competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. The contest, which is based on the practical application of Trigonometry, recognizes the best students from high schools throughout the nation. 

The North Carolina Society of Surveyors sponsors this competition in North Carolina. If you enter the contest, an NCSS member will visit your school to administer the test. The test includes several trigonometry problems and one trigonometry and surveying problem. The test answers are scored for accuracy. If more than one student has the same high score, the student who completed the test in the shortest time is the winner. The statewide winner is eligible to compete at the national level by taking an additional test. 

The statewide winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and a $500 cash prize is awarded to that student's teacher. Several local surveying chapters also sponsor prizes for the winners in their areas. 

Winners at the national level of competition earn: 
$1,000 Scholarship for First Place 
$500 Scholarship for Second Place 
$250 Scholarship for Third Place 

Click here to see sample questions from past contests, view helpful formulas and learn more about this contest.

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