Geomatics/Land Surveyor

Geomatics/land surveyors carry out measurements and collect and interpret data about areas of land, including information about boundaries, buildings and both natural and man-made features.

Practice Area Geomatics/Land Surveyor
What skills are required?
  • Numeracy and the ability to make mathematical calculations
  • The ability to understand and interpret data
  • Lateral and logical thinking
  • Excellent IT skills and an interest and confidence with new technology
  • Problem solving and analysis
What qualifications are required?

A relevant degree is often required, degree subjects include geography, surveying degrees are other science, technology and engineering subjects.

Some firms may require a degree to be accredited by the RICS or similar professional body.

Geomatic surveyors can work towards accreditation with the RICS or the Chartered Institute of Building.

What is it like in practice?

Geomatics surveyors often work on land which to be redeveloped or where built infrastructure (such as railways) is due to be repaired.

Work in this area often uses cutting edge technology such as robots and 3D scanners.

You will be frequently working outside, and travel is frequently required. You may need to stay away for home for periods of time, and some overseas opportunities may be available.

Work Environment Time is split between site work and office work. You may work office hours or shifts.
Employment opportunities

Geomatic surveyors could be employed by a range of employers, including construction firms, mining companies, local government, the oil and gas industry, and even work with archaeologists.

There may also be degree apprenticeships in this area available.

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Relevant UCEM programmes

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using science, technology and design to assess land and buildings
  • Using technical or practical skills and cutting-edge technology

See more skills used by geomatics surveyors:

  • Using perceptual and visual intelligence skills to interpret maps, charts and diagrams
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data
  • Researching and explaining data