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Surveying Careers

16 February 2015

AUTHOR:Kevin Birch

The Survey School in Otago offers a four year professional degree resulting in a Bachelor of Land Surveying. A range of papers can be completed in the intermediate year, but positions in the Survey course are limited and fluctuate over time. The remaining three years involve an intensive course of study, with subjects ranging from Mathematics, Astronomy, Legal Studies, and Land Development design. The course also involves practical work during the year and a number of training camps. A graduate then needs to complete approximately two years employment, submit a range of projects, and complete a professional examination in order to become a licensed Surveyor.

An alternative technical course of study is provided by the Polytechs resulting in a National Diploma in Land Surveying. This can either be undertaken as a two year fulltime course of study or can be undertaken part-time. In order to enroll students must have a grade of 6 or better in NZ Sixth Form Maths and one Science subject; or alternatively be 20 years old and have relevant work experience. Although qualified technicians can not become licensed Surveyors, they undertake most aspects of a Surveyor’s role, and are a valuable part of a Surveying office.

With either a University or Technical qualification, the opportunities for work and good remuneration are numerous. Birch Surveyors employs a number of graduates and technicians and provide assistance for those undertaking a course of study. The NZ Institute of Surveyors website provides more information about courses of study and career opportunities. If you are interested visit