Surveyors measure land features, such as depth and shape, based on reference points. They examine previous land records to verify data from on-site surveys. Surveyors also prepare maps and reports, and present results to clients.

Analytical Thinking.

Great Communicator.

Teamwork Environment.


  • Planning, directing and conducting surveys to establish and mark property boundaries.
  • Performing mathematical calculations to determine and confirm surveying measurements.
  • Analyzing data using plans, maps, charts, and software such as AutoCAD and GIS programs.
  • Presenting data to clients and preparing reports detailing legal boundaries and other relevant information.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Excellent math skills.
  • Great memory.
  • Working with computers and electronic equipment to determine precise locations.
  • Advising on matters related to legal surveys.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High school or equivalent. Complete a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $40-$44

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Surveying is an old profession which originates from ancient Egypt to about 3,000 years ago!