Technical Education

The Top 5 Reasons Why You should Consider Becoming a Surveyor

In honor of Global Surveyors’ Day (March 21, 2022), which falls within National Surveyors Week, we wanted to share some of the best things about this in-demand profession.  

  1. You don’t want a desk job 

Land surveying is perfect for people who don’t want to be in an office all day and who enjoy getting outside. Surveying involves both fieldwork and office work, making it a great career choice for outdoor enthusiasts who want a professional-level job that isn’t labor-intensive.  

  1. You like working with technology 

Since surveyors are responsible for taking precise measurements of land to determine property boundaries and develop land, they have to work with some very high-tech equipment and programs, including GPS devices, 3D laser scanning technology, drones, and computer-aided drafting software.  

  1. You want a career that makes a difference 

From boundary work and construction projects to court cases and land mapping, surveyors and the data they collect play an important role in our world. It’s a career that impacts a wide variety of fields and industries and their work shapes everything from building projects to GPS data.  

  1. You are curious and you like to problem solve 

Land surveyors are often part detective, using everything from historical research to on-site data and measurements to solve a problem or answer a question for a client.  

  1. You want a great paying career that’s in-demand 

According to, projections from the U.S. Department of Labor show the need for land surveyors and technicians will outpace the average growth for all occupations. In addition, the average salary for a land surveyor in Minnesota is $57,295. At Dunwoody, the program placement rate for both the Land Surveying and the Surveying & Civil Engineer Technology degree programs is 100 percent with an average of 32.7 job inquires per graduate.  

So, if this sounds like something that would interest you, Dunwoody College of Technology offers two paths into this exciting career.  

You can earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology. In addition, this degree option allows students to also earn their MNDot Aggregate Certification, which is industry-recognized and sought-after, and prepares them to take the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Certified Survey Technician (CST) Level 1 exam upon graduation.  

For those who already have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, you can also earn a one-year Land Surveying industry-recognized certificate. The certificate not only gives students field-experience using industry-standard technology, but upon graduation, they will be eligible to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FLS) exam – the first step in becoming a licensed land surveyor.