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Why Choose This Program?
Parks, roads, and neighborhoods don’t just pop up. They are the result of careful planning to fit the landscape. They are the result, in part, of the professional skill and attention to detail shown by land surveyors.
Land surveying is an essential part of city, county, state and federal planning. You can put a land surveying degree to work for government agencies like the department of transportation or DNR. Or, plot out a career with engineering or architectural firms, surveying firms, highway or road contractors, and utility contractors.
If you love the outdoors, this may be the perfect fit for you. With a land surveying degree, you can help bring infrastructures to life from the ground up. Find out more about the skills and coursework with the links at right.
- Use engineering design and CAD skills in the creation of infrastructure plans.
- Operate surveying instruments properly.
- Ability to review, interpret, and understand computations, field methods, and design procedures of Civil Engineering and Land Surveying.
- Develop critical thinking and creative problem solving abilities.
- Work successfully as a team member.
Career Choices in Land Surveying/Civil Engineering
Types of Careers
- Construction Inspector
- Construction Surveyor
- CAD Designer/Drafter
- Materials Testing Technician
- Government Agencies: City, County, State (MnDOT, DNR), and Federal
- Private: Engineering/architectural firms, Surveying firms, materials testing firms, highway/road contractors, and utility contractors
Projected Job Growth
According to MN DEED, the average job growth rate in the state of Minnesota for Civil Engineering and Surveying Technician fields from 2012 – 2022 is 3.2%.
Average State Pay
According to MN DEED, in the first quarter of 2015, Civil Engineering Technician employees earned a median salary* of $58,950 in Central Minnesota and $58,280 throughout the state of Minnesota.
According to MN DEED, in the first quarter of 2015, Surveying and Mapping Technician employees earned a median salary* of $48,920 in Central Minnesota and $53,350 throughout the state of Minnesota.
The salary listed is only based on 40 hours per week, even though most Technicians have an opportunity to work overtime during the construction season. *Median salary is not necessarily representative of entry-level positions.