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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study


The title of surveyor can cover many different jobs. Land surveyor, minerals surveyor, buildings surveyor, quantity surveyor, commercial surveyor, residential surveyor and others come under this heading and do slightly different types of work.

Surveyors measure the land directly, and are usually responsible for researching the past characteristics of the land as well to determine any changes. They need to decide what measurements to take, and this will often be determined by the type of surveying they are engaged in.

Typical work activities

The work tasks you are assigned may vary depending on the type of surveying you are employed in, for example a minerals surveyor would be mainly concerned in specific tasks:


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Qualifications and work experience

More information

The prospects website has more information about various types of surveying career options.

Hydrographic surveyor

Land geomatics surveyor

Minerals surveyor

Quantity surveyor

The Careers and Employability Service has more resources to help you research careers.

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