Survey Technicians collect data utilizing state-of- the-art technologies such as electronic Total Station Theodolites, GPS, 3D scanners, UAV/Drones to name a few. Survey Technicians work primarily outdoors, but often process field data in the office using state-of-the-art technologies such as CADD systems and land management tools such as GIS. The quality of their work is essential to the decision making process utilized by Professional Surveyors, Cartographers and Photogrammetrist.

One can begin work as a Survey Technician without prerequisite education or experience; however education programs are available, typically through 2-year degree programs designed to prepare to join the workforce.

To add credibility to ones knowledge and skills as a Technician the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) offers a four-level Certified Survey Technician program (CST).

Certification demonstrates that a Technician is competent to perform surveying tasks at a specified technical level. Certification provides the individual with a sense of achievement, demonstrated advancement in the field of surveying. Certification also provides employers with a method of determining job assignments and advancement, since certification is an indication of one’s ability to perform specific job tasks.

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For more information visit or contact NSPS at 240-439-4615,ext. 112.