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Geodetic Surveyors

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Measure large areas of the Earth's surface using satellite observations, global navigation satellite systems GNSS , light detection and ranging LIDAR , or related sources.

    Work Activities
    • Calculate the exact horizontal and vertical position of points on the Earth's surface.
    • Maintain databases of geodetic and related information, including coordinate, descriptive, or quality assurance data.
    • Verify the mathematical correctness of newly collected survey data.
    • Conduct surveys to determine exact positions, measurement of points, elevations, lines, areas, volumes, contours, or other features of land surfaces.
    • Compute horizontal and vertical coordinates of control networks, using direct leveling or other geodetic survey techniques, such as triangulation, trilateration, and traversing, to establish features of the Earth's surface.
    • Analyze control or survey data to ensure adherence to project specifications or land survey standards.
    • Plan or direct the work of geodetic surveying staff, providing technical consultation as needed.
    • Assess the quality of control data to determine the need for additional survey data for engineering, construction, or other projects.
    • Request additional survey data when field collection errors occur or engineering surveying specifications are not maintained.
    • Distribute compiled geodetic data to government agencies or the general public.
    • Review existing standards, controls, or equipment used, recommending changes or upgrades as needed.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in technology, equipment, or systems.
    • Compute, retrace, or adjust existing surveys of features such as highway alignments, property boundaries, utilities, control and other surveys to match the ground elevation-dependent grids, geodetic grids, or property boundaries and to ensure accuracy and continuity of data used in engineering, surveying, or construction projects.
    • Provide training and interpretation in the use of methods or procedures for observing and checking controls for geodetic and plane coordinates.
    • Prepare progress or technical reports.
    • Determine orientation of tracts of land, including position, boundaries, size, and shape, using theodolites, electronic distance-measuring equipment, satellite-based positioning equipment, land information systems, or other geodetic survey equipment.
    Skills
    • Mathematics

      Using mathematics to solve problems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Mathematical Reasoning

      The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Number Facility

      The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

    Knowledge
    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $57,450/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $27.62/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,070
    • Yearly Projected Openings 90
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Theodolites
    • Soil core sampling apparatus
    • Rangefinders
    • Gravimeters
    • Global positioning system GPS receiver
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Office suite software
    • Map creation software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.