Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Physical Geography
Overview: Surveyors make measurements and determine the boundaries of a property. They provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes. Geographers naturally make great surveyors because of their training in physical geography and landscapes. Many geographers are also familiar with ArcGIS which is used by surveyors to keep records of the properties surveyed. Surveyors must prepare data, charts, maps and documents related to all surveys, which geographers have done with geographical data before.
Geographers at Work: Physical Geographers, GIS specialists, Cartographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Human Geography, Regional Geography, World Geography, Qualitative Methods
Skills: ArcGIS. Land use management. Surveying. Physical geography.
Learn more about Surveyors and Mapping Technicians from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: