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A Career in Surveying is Closer than you Think!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to have a successful career in surveying? The field of surveying is in demand and the job market is lacking in qualified applicants. If you think a career in surveying is beyond your reach, think again! 

The real estate market is booming. Commercial construction is on the rise. The need for surveyors far exceeds the availability of qualified professionals. And that need will only grow stronger. 

Nationally Ranked Online Program at UMaine is Only a Click Away! 

The University of Maine System offers its ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering Technology degree 100% online! In fact, the program was recently named one of the Top Ten Fastest Online Engineering Degree Bachelor Programs for 2020. This is a fantastic option for those looking for a flexible class schedule and want the leisure of taking classes at any time of day and from any location with wifi. 

The entire survey staff crew at Herrick and Salsbury obtained their Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying Engineering Technology at the University of Maine. We can attest that the program encompasses all the major areas of study necessary for a successful career in surveying. Go Blue! 

What exactly does a surveyor do?

Commonly when thinking about the role of a surveyor, many don’t really know what we do.

The surveyor works with landowners to help them understand where their boundary lines are on the ground. To do this work the surveyor, like a treasure hunter, must find stone walls, fences, blazed trees, or other evidence that relates to the written description of the land found in their deed. It is a surveyor’s job to read and interpret and write the descriptions that establish where corner pins should be placed or searched for. With an understanding of their client’s land from field evidence and written description, surveyors can oftentimes help neighbors avoid legal battles by facilitating informed discussions.    

Surveyors also have a deep understanding and knowledge of the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface. This information is vital for engineering, mapmaking, and construction projects. Not to mention the cool equipment that we get to use!

What can I expect to learn?

Generally speaking, surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries, but the knowledge gained goes further. Aside from basic standardized mathematics and physical sciences, you can expect to learn about practical engineering, business, and of course, surveying.  

In many ways, online college is very similar to in-person college. You can expect the same rigor from the University of Maine that has become synonymous with the University system.  

Job placement

Pursuing a career in surveying is a strategic move that will give you growth and offer the most opportunity upon graduation. Taking the time to invest your education in a thriving industry will be a big payoff for your future. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2020 median pay for a surveyor is $65,590 per year. The job pool is wide, and upon graduation, we think finding employment won’t take too long. And don’t forget to forward your shiny resume to us – especially if you’re a Black Bear!