Surveying Roles

Surveyors can take on many different tasks and roles during their careers, depending on their qualifications and level of experience. Surveying students at TAFE and university are able to get a taste of what surveying is really like by starting out as a survey assistant during their study. TAFE students can then move into a surveying technician or draftsperson role once they are qualified. Meanwhile, those in university complete their degree as a graduate surveyor, with some choosing to specialise in other related fields like geospatial information systems. Graduate surveyors can further their career opportunities and remuneration by undertaking a professional training agreement to become a licensed surveyor. The problem is you feel like the only professions that will give you a lucrative career are medical, legal, accountancy or engineering and none of these will allow you to truly embrace the kind of future you are looking for or give you the freedoms you need. No wonder you are feeling deflated about your career choices.


Become A Surveyor

Typical salary: Starts from $90,000 + vehicle

Study: Undergraduate degree + postgraduate degree + professional training agreement

A licensed or registered surveyor is the only person who is legally authorised to perform land or cadastral surveying and sign-off on projects.

They perform the following tasks:

Read about Tom’s journey to become a newly licensed surveyor, and Joe’s unique experience surveying the outback.

Find out more about what registered and licensed surveyors do here.


Typical salary: Start from $55,000 (plus use of a vehicle within six months)

Study: Undergraduate or postgraduate degree

Surveyors perform the following tasks:

Become A Surveyor

Surveyors work in many related fields such as cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing surveying or as project managers. Find out why Elaine decided to become a surveyor.


Typical salary: $64,000 with five years experience (technician may also have use of vehicle)

Study: TAFE or VET diploma
Surveying technicians collect, analyse data and develop plans for land Surveyors to provide the basic information required for a surveying project.

They may do the following:

Surveying technicians are involved in various projects such as survey drafting, photogrammetry, mining, land development, engineering and construction surveying.


Typical salary: $42,000

Study: TAFE or VET Certificate III (traineeship)

Survey assistants help surveyors undertake surveying projects.

Find out more about Lucas’ journey to become a survey assistant in this video.



Spatial information professionals specialise in the collection and analysis of location specific data about populations, land use and more. They perform the following tasks:


GIS analysts analyse and provide technical support to help environmental management, exploration & mining, land ownership titles and urban & regional planning. They perform the following tasks:


GIS professionals develop and customise geographic information systems (GIS). They can do the following:

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Becoming a surveyor!

We know how important it is to find a career that you will love. Being a Surveyor is not just a career, it is a profession that is critical to the ongoing development of Australia and Australia needs you right now!

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