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Surveyors measure distances, directions and angles between points on, above and below the earth’s surface. As a surveyor in the field, you will work to select known survey reference points and determine the precise location of important features in the survey area using specialized equipment. Surveyors also research legal records, look for evidence of previous boundaries, and analyze data to determine the location of boundary lines. They are sometimes called to provide expert testimony in court regarding their work or the work of other surveyors.

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  • Surveyors
    • Median wage: $76,498
    • 32% enter this field with an Associate degree
  • Surveying Technicians
    • Median wage: $44,894
    • 33% enter this field with an Associate degree

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Further Your Education

The Surveying Technology program at CNM is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Science degree and prepare you to pursue of Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering at New Mexico State University or another institution.

Students should understand that the requirements for licensure as a Surveyor vary from state to state. Licensure in New Mexico requires a 4-year degree as well as other requirements.

Related Information

Land or Boundary Surveyors work with legal determinations of property lines and the exact location of construction projects. Forensic Surveyors record scenes for potential landscape effects. Geodetic Surveyors use technology that has a high- accuracy rating. This includes aerial and satellite observations to measure large areas of the earth's surface.

Get Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid OSHA certification, you can receive credit for courses in the Surveying Technology program by filling out the following form: