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Geodetic Surveyors - 17-1022.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Measure large areas of the Earth's surface using satellite observations, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), or related sources.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Geodesist
  • Geodetic Advisor
  • Geodetic Engineer
  • Geodetic Survey Director
  • Geodetic Surveyor
  • Land Surveyor
  • Licensed Land Surveyor

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze control or survey data to ensure adherence to project specifications or land survey standards.
  • Assess the quality of control data to determine the need for additional survey data for engineering, construction, or other projects.
  • Calculate the exact horizontal and vertical position of points on the Earth's surface.
  • Compute horizontal and vertical coordinates of control networks, using direct leveling or other geodetic survey techniques, such as triangulation, trilateration, and traversing, to establish features of the Earth's surface.
  • Compute, retrace, or adjust existing surveys of features such as highway alignments, property boundaries, utilities, control and other surveys to match the ground elevation-dependent grids, geodetic grids, or property boundaries and to ensure accuracy and continuity of data used in engineering, surveying, or construction projects.
  • Conduct surveys to determine exact positions, measurement of points, elevations, lines, areas, volumes, contours, or other features of land surfaces.
  • Determine orientation of tracts of land, including position, boundaries, size, and shape, using theodolites, electronic distance-measuring equipment, satellite-based positioning equipment, land information systems, or other geodetic survey equipment.
  • Distribute compiled geodetic data to government agencies or the general public.
  • Maintain databases of geodetic and related information, including coordinate, descriptive, or quality assurance data.
  • Plan or direct the work of geodetic surveying staff, providing technical consultation as needed.
  • Prepare progress or technical reports.
  • Provide training and interpretation in the use of methods or procedures for observing and checking controls for geodetic and plane coordinates.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Request additional survey data when field collection errors occur or engineering surveying specifications are not maintained.
  • Review existing standards, controls, or equipment used, recommending changes or upgrades as needed.
  • Verify the mathematical correctness of newly collected survey data.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data.
  • Calculate geographic positions from survey data.
  • Direct surveying activities.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Explain project details to the general public.
  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Update technical knowledge.
  • Verify mathematical calculations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Airborne/Subsurface Electronic Warfare Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aid (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aide (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geographic Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Geospatial Information and Services (GIandS) Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Geospatial Intelligence (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Apprentice, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Craftsman, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Helper, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Journeyman, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial-Imagery Interpreter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operational Electronic Intelligence Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Craftsman, Targeteer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Journeyman, Targeteer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Technical Engineer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Surveyor, Geodetic