|Quick Facts: Surveying and Mapping Technicians|
$42,450 per year
$20.41 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|11% (Faster than average)|
Surveying and mapping technicians collect data and make maps of the Earth's surface. Surveying technicians visit sites to take measurements of the land. Mapping technicians use geographic data to create maps. They both assist surveyors and cartographers and photogrammetrists.
Surveying technicians work outside extensively and can be exposed to all types of weather. Mapping technicians work primarily indoors on computers. Most surveying and mapping technicians work for firms that provide engineering, surveying, and mapping services on a contract basis. Local governments also employ these workers in highway and planning departments.
Surveying technicians usually need a high school diploma. However, mapping technicians often need formal education after high school to study technology applications, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The median annual wage for surveying and mapping technicians was $42,450 in May 2016.
Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is projected to 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for the data from mapping technology requires additional technicians to gather the information.
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