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Surveyors are responsible for measuring and mapping the earth's surface. They provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, map-making, mining, land evaluation, construction and for other purposes such as the determination of property boundaries.
Basic Educational Requirement
The basic educational requirement is a diploma in Geodetic Engineering or a related field with subjects in surveying such as Civil Engineering and Forestry. One must pass the examinations conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to become a licensed Surveyor.
Skills and Competencies
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
Entry-level salary for surveyors ranges from P15,000 to P18,000 per month .
Prospects for Career Advancement
Surveyors start their career as technicians or assistants if they are not yet licensed. Once licensed and equipped with extensive on-the-job experience, they may advance to senior-level positions. The promotion to higher-level position entails greater responsibilities since the surveyor's tasks now include supervision of survey crews as well as training of new survey team members.
Career options for Surveyors include positions in government agencies such as the DENR, Land Management Bureau, Department of Agrarian Reform, Natural Mapping and Resource Information Authority, Coast of Geodetic Surveys, Department of Energy, Department of Public Works and Highways, and Land Registration Authority.
In the private sector, Surveyors may act as consultants in various settings: in consulting firms engaged in infrastructure design; specialist companies marketing computer hardware and software in the fields of surveying, mapping, remote sensing and geographic information systems; realty management; and in technical matters relating to land registration cases.
Cost of Education *
A BS in Geodetic Engineering is a five-year course with tuition fees of approximately P25,000-P35,000 per semester
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2007-2008
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