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Surveying Technician

How can you find out exactly where your land ends and your neighbor's begins? You need a survey technician! Survey technicians create maps and locate boundaries of the land. They use special instruments to calculate distances. To join a surveying crew, you will probably need a 1- or 2-year degree in surveying technology. You will also need a steady hand, strong math skills, and a lot of knowledge about computers. Computers are being used more and more in surveying.

Surveying Technicians
Does the idea of helping to create maps excite you? Maybe you should think about a career as a surveying technician. Click here to find out more.

Surveyors, Photogrammetrists, and Cartographers
Photogrammetrists, analyze aerial photographs that will be used to prepare detailed maps. Click here to find out more about photogrammetrists as well as how they work with cartographers, surveyors, and technicians to create maps.

Career: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
Still have questions about becoming a surveying technician? Click here to find more information. You can also watch a video about surveying and mapping technicians.


If your interest is rocks, or if you are just curious about planet Earth, you may want to become a geologist. Geologists learn about Earth's layers of rocks. They use that knowledge in many ways. Some geologists, for example, work for large industries locating gold, oil, or minerals. Other geologists study earthquakes and volcanoes. Still other geologists try to figure out how Earth has changed over time, and how it might change in the future. To be a geologist, you will need a college degree. Most geologists go to school for several years after college, too. So if you want to be a real rock hound, you had better hit the books!

Geologists in the Parks.
This Web site, brought to you by U.S. Geological Survey, features many geologists and their roles in the National Parks system. Make sure you explore the rest of the Web site to learn more about geology, geography, and biology.

My name's Lynn, and I'm a coastal geologist
Follow Lynn the geologist! In this Web site, Lynn talks about how she became interested in geology and what it takes to become a geologist.

If you think geologists only study rocks and minerals, think again! Geologists also research volcanoes and earthquakes. Click here to find out more about geologists. Make sure to click on the links to read interviews with geologists.