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17-3031.01 - Surveying Technicians

Adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.

Sample of reported job titles: Chainman, Engineering Assistant, Engineering Technician, Instrument Man (I-Man), Instrument Operator, Instrument Person, Rodman, Survey Crew Chief, Survey Party Chief, Survey Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
89   Core
Search for section corners, property irons, and survey points.
86   Core
Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
86   Core
Conduct surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and man-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater, using electronic distance-measuring equipment and other surveying instruments.
85   Core
Collect information needed to carry out new surveys, using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, and other relevant information.
83   Core
Prepare topographic and contour maps of land surveyed, including site features and other relevant information, such as charts, drawings, and survey notes.
82   Core
Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
80   Core
Set out and recover stakes, marks, and other monumentation.
80   Core
Record survey measurements and descriptive data, using notes, drawings, sketches, and inked tracings.
76   Core
Compile information necessary to stake projects for construction, using engineering plans.
75   Core
Operate and manage land-information computer systems, performing tasks such as storing data, making inquiries, and producing plots and reports.
74   Core
Compare survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data.
73   Core
Maintain equipment and vehicles used by surveying crews.
72   Core
Lay out grids, and determine horizontal and vertical controls.
72   Core
Direct and supervise work of subordinate members of surveying parties.
71   Core
Run rods for benches and cross-section elevations.
69   Core
Perform calculations to determine earth curvature corrections, atmospheric impacts on measurements, traverse closures and adjustments, azimuths, level runs, and placement of markers.
63   Core
Provide assistance in the development of methods and procedures for conducting field surveys.
63   Core
Place and hold measuring tapes when electronic distance-measuring equipment is not used.
59   Core
Perform manual labor, such as cutting brush for lines, carrying stakes, rebar, and other heavy items, and stacking rods.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analytical or scientific software — Foresoft CDS Cogo; Modeling software; Tripod Data Systems; Triton Elics International Isis (see all 16 examples)
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Bentley MicroStation Hot technology ; Tripod Data Systems Foresight; TRS Software TomCADD (see all 13 examples)
  • Data base reporting software — MicroSurvey Star*Net
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Microsoft Access Hot technology ; Trimble TerraSync
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Exchange
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Bentley GeoPak Bridge
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Map creation software — Desktop digital photogrammetry system DDPS; ESRI ArcGIS software Hot technology ; ESRI ArcView; Muncy Plat Pronto (see all 12 examples)
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
  • Axes
  • Barometers
  • Clinometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Distance meters — Electronic distance measuring devices; Electrotapes; Measuring chains; Tellurometers
  • Extension pole — Prism poles
  • Extensometers
  • Geological compasses
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Community base station global positioning systems GPS; Global positioning system GPS receivers; Real-time kinematics RTK global positioning systems GPS
  • Hatchets
  • Instrument tripods — Tripods
  • Laser measuring systems — 3D laser scanning systems; Laser distance measuring equipment; Laser scanner coordinate capturing equipment
  • Laser printers
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels
  • Levels — Automatic optical pendulum leveling systems; Geodetic leveling rods; Leveling bubbles; Optical pendulum levels (see all 6 examples)
  • Machetes
  • Mallets
  • Measuring rods — Sight targets; Vertical/target rods
  • Measuring tables — Alidades; Plane tables
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Wheeled measuring devices
  • Metal detectors — Magnetic field pipe locators
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Plotter printers — Plotters
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld data collectors; Portable hydrographic surveying equipment; Robotic survey measuring instruments; Survey instrument control units (see all 5 examples)
  • Power saws — Chain saws
  • Prisms
  • Saws — Telescoping pole saws
  • Scales — Engineering scales
  • Scanners
  • Scientific calculator — Pre-programmed coordinate geometry COGO calculators; Programmable calculators
  • Seismic receivers — Ground vibration sensing equipment
  • Sonars — Echosounders; Fathometer sonar equipment; Multibeam sonar equipment; Side scan sonars
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes
  • Templates
  • Theodolites — Total stations; Tribrach level bubble adjusting blocks; Tribrach optical plummet adjusting cylinders
  • Triangles
  • Two way radios

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
86 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
74 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
74 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
69 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
69 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
68 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
65 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
64 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
56 
Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
53 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
47 
Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
47 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45 
Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
40 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
39 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
37 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
36 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
36 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
36 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
31 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
31 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
28 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
25 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
19 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
19 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
18 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
17 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
14 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
14 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
13 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
12 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
8 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
6 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
66 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
56 
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
56 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
56 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
53 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
53 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
53 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
50 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
50 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
50 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
47 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
44 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
44 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
44 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
44 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
44 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
44 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
41 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
41 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
41 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
38 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
35 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
31 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
28 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
28 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
25 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
22 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
22 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
10 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
0 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
69 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
66 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
66 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
66 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
63 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
63 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
63 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
63 
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
60 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
56 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
56 
Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
53 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
53 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
53 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
50 
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
50 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50 
Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
50 
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
50 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
50 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
50 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
50 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
50 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
47 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
47 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
47 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
44 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
44 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
44 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
41 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
41 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
38 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
35 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
31 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
28 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
28 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
28 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
28 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
25 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
25 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
25 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
16 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
10 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
85 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
82 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
77 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
74 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
73 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
73 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
70 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
69 
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
68 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
67 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
65 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
65 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
65 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
60 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
56 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
55 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
54 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
53 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
53 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
51 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
51 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
51 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
48 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
48 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
48 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
46 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
45 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
45 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
44 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
43 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
42 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
40 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
40 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
39 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
38 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
38 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
38 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
31 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
28 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
22 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
17 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Create maps.
  • Operate computer systems.
  • Verify mathematical calculations.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Calculate geographic positions from survey data.
  • Assist engineers or scientists with research.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


88     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


78     Extremely important
22     Very important
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


75     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


63     Every day
38     Once a week or more but not every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


50     Every day
42     Once a week or more but not every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


29     A lot of freedom
71     Some freedom
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


50     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


46     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


35     Extremely important
43     Very important
17     Important
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


29     Constant contact with others
50     Contact with others most of the time
17     Contact with others about half the time
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


35     Continually or almost continually
48     More than half the time
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


25     Every day
54     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


25     Continually or almost continually
46     More than half the time
25     About half the time
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


25     Every day
46     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


13     A lot of freedom
63     Some freedom
21     Limited freedom
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


33     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


25     Every day
46     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
13     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


22     Every day
48     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


58     Very important
29     Important
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


17     Very important results
46     Important results
29     Moderate results
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


50     Every day
21     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


17     Very high responsibility
38     High responsibility
33     Moderate responsibility
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


27     Continually or almost continually
23     More than half the time
27     About half the time
23     Less than half the time
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


33     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


46     High responsibility
42     Moderate responsibility
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


21     More than 40 hours
79     40 hours
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


21     Every day
38     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


17     Continually or almost continually
26     More than half the time
39     About half the time
17     Less than half the time
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


33     Very important
50     Important
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


21     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


33     Every day
17     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


42     Very serious
42     Fairly serious
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


29     Very important
38     Important
25     Fairly important
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


17     Highly competitive
46     Moderately competitive
25     Slightly competitive
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


25     Moderately close (at arm's length)
54     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
17     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
52     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


71     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


13     Continually or almost continually
13     More than half the time
17     About half the time
46     Less than half the time
13     Never
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
25     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


13     Highly automated
25     Moderately automated
46     Slightly automated
13     Not at all automated
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


13     About half the time
67     Less than half the time
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


52     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
39     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


29     Once a month or more but not every week
54     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


17     Very important
21     Important
50     Not important at all
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


17     About half the time
61     Less than half the time
17     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
54     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


13     Continually or almost continually
46     Less than half the time
38     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
46     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a year or more but not every month
58     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


17     Once a month or more but not every week
67     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


57     Once a year or more but not every month
39     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
50     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


48     Once a year or more but not every month
48     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


46     Less than half the time
54     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
75     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
88     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
33   Associate's degree
25   High school diploma or equivalent Help
21   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
78 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
78 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
39 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
17 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
17 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
0 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
92 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
85 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
82 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
75 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
75 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
68 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
67 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
67 
Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
67 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
66 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
65 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
61 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
60 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
52 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
47 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
46 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
67 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
56 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
50 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
45 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
45 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
39 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Surveying and Mapping Technicians.
Employment data collected from Surveying and Mapping Technicians.
Industry data collected from Surveying and Mapping Technicians.

Median wages (2016) $20.41 hourly, $42,450 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 57,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 6,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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