Land/Geomatics 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.

    As a land/geomatics surveyor you’ll measure and collect data on specific areas of land, including information about boundaries, buildings and features, both natural and man-made. Geomatics is one of the most technologically advanced of the surveying specialist roles and has a key function in a diverse range of sectors, including:

    • cartography
    • construction
    • geographical information systems
    • property
    • offshore engineering and exploration.

    Geomatics surveyor or land surveyor employers

    • Specialist land surveying consultancies
    • Civil engineering and construction companies (contractors and consultants)
    • Central and local government
    • Rail companies
    • Mining companies
    • Utilities companies



    • make use of geographical information systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret site features
    • produce detailed information (subsequently analyzed by planners, builders and cartographers)
    • use a range of equipment to produce surveys, including GPS and conventional methods
    • analyze information thoroughly before it is handed over to other professionals
    • measure the ground, including aspects such as small and large-scale distances, angles and elevations
    • gather data on the earth’s physical and man-made features through surveys
    • process data
    • undertake digital mapping
    • think creatively to resolve practical planning and development problems
    • interpret data using maps, charts and plans
    • utilize data from a range of sources, such as aerial photography, satellite surveys and laser beam measuring systems
    • use computer-aided design (CAD) and other IT software to interpret data and present information
    • keep up to date with new and emerging technology
    • provide advice to a variety of clients
    • manage and monitor projects from start to finish – you’re more likely to do this once you’re chartered.



    There are routes into a geomatics surveying or land surveying career for both university graduates and school leavers. Most employers will prefer you to have a relevant surveying degree or diploma, or to have shown an interest in the area by choosing surveying modules as part of your course.

    Examples of preferred degrees include:

    • civil or structural engineering
    • earth science
    • environmental science
    • geographical information science
    • geography or physical geography
    • geology
    • land or estate surveying
    • mathematics
    • physics
    • surveying and mapping science.



    • Numeracy and the ability to make mathematical calculations
    • The ability to understand and interpret data
    • Lateral and logical thinking
    • Cutting-edge IT skills and confidence with new technology
    • Problem solving and analysis
    • Attention to detail
    • Client management/customer service skills
    • Verbal and written communication skills
    • Organization and time management
    • The ability to work independently and as part of a team