Top Ten Reasons to Become a Land Surveyor

Top Ten Reasons to Become a Land Surveyor

Land surveyors play an important role in protecting the environment by ensuring that development takes place only within the approved boundaries.

Land surveyors are involved in oilfield work, land use planning and development and in other related activities involving determination of property boundaries or assembly and analysis of land related information.

Land surveyors also usually have an interest in the law, history and business.

Most new Alberta Land Surveyors find employment with surveying firms. Often they remain with these companies but some pursue opportunities with government, utility companies or other geomatics corporations. Many choose to start their own surveying company or be partners in an existing survey company.

A career in geomatics and cadastral surveying can lead to the professional designation of Alberta Land Surveyor. Only professionals licensed by the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association can use the designation, Alberta Land Surveyor.

Land surveying is a career for those who want to combine their professional and technical skills in both the office and the outdoors.

Land surveyors work with the latest technologies and tools. They were one of the first groups of people to use GPS, LiDAR and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

No person except an Alberta Land Surveyor may practice land surveying in the province. Registration and certification to practice land surveying in Alberta is governed by the Land Surveyors Act which is administered by the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association.

Land surveyors must have a university education or equivalent before they can begin their professional training.

According to a report commissioned by Professional Surveyors Canada, the an Alberta Land Surveyor earned, on average, $105,718 before bonuses and other benefits.

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The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public and administration of the profession.