Geomatics/land surveyors

Geomatics/land surveyors carry out measurements and collect and interpret data about areas of land,
including information about boundaries, buildings and both natural and man-made features. Geomatics surveyors or land surveyors measure, map, assess, and collect and interpret information about specific pieces of land. They often work on land due to be redeveloped (built on) or on which the built infrastructure (such as railways) is due to be repaired – but not always. Archaeologists might employ land surveyors to find out more about possible sites of archaeological interest.

There are routes into a geomatics surveying or land surveying career for both university graduates and school leavers. Graduates usually have a degree in geomatics or geospatial sciences – or a related subject such as, geophysics, geology, geography, geotechnology or earth sciences. Civil engineering, planning, surveying or construction degrees can also be accepted, especially if they include relevant modules. As a school leaver you can apply for a trainee surveyor role. If you want to apply for a trainee role, useful subjects to study include maths, English, the sciences and geography. If you decide to go to university, entry requirements vary but maths, physics, chemistry, biology and geography are often required or preferred.

Knowledge skills:
Essential skills:
• Numeracy and the ability to make mathematical calculations
• The ability to understand and interpret data
• Lateral and logical thinking
• Cutting-edge IT skills and confidence with new technology
• Problem solving and analysis
• Attention to detail

Recommended additional skills:
• Client management/customer service skills
• Verbal and written communication skills
• Organisation and time management
• The ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Employers often require you to have a full driving licence in order to travel to sites.

Practical knowledge:
• undertaking land/topographic/hydrographic/measured building surveys, using a variety of specialist equipment and technology, such as robotics and 3D scanners
• analysing data using plans, maps, charts and software such as AutoCAD and GIS (geographic information systems) programs
• preparing survey drawings
• presenting data and writing reports

Languages (grades/level):
English Level C1 QCER