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Land surveyors measure and plot the exact shape of land and the position of features. The survey data may be used to produce plans for construction projects or to produce maps, for example. Experience of computer-aided design (CAD) is useful.
Land surveyors measure and plot the exact shape of land and the position of natural and human made features. They collect, manage and analyse survey data using a wide range of surveying techniques, equipment and computers. The data may be used to produce plans, which are used for construction projects. Other survey data is passed on to cartographers and to cartographic draughtspeople for producing maps. The data is generally used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership or government purposes.
Land surveyors make an initial survey so that engineers, architects and planners can assess a project. They then make more detailed site surveys that are used in detailed design work. They also gather information about existing buildings and locate gas pipes, electricity cables and water mains. Surveyors use aspects of geometry, engineering, maths, physics and law.
There are many safety regulations in the construction industry. Land surveyors must wear a hard hat on construction sites.
Personal Qualities and Skills
As a land surveyor you will need to be methodical, good at maths and able to pay attention to detail. Land surveyors must analyse survey findings and be able to use a range of technological equipment including computers. You will need knowledge of construction, economics and law, and the ability to give information to other professionals both verbally and in writing. You will need to be able to work as part of a team. You also need to be accurate in all measurements and reports.
Pay and Opportunities
Pay varies widely depending on the company and the sector. An entrant can start at EUR30k per year. Once experienced pay can rise to EUR50k per year. Top earners will earn more than this. Working abroad is an option. Land surveyors have good leave entitlements.
Entry Routes and Training
To gain professionally recognised qualifications, you need to complete a relevant course and undertake a period of training in employment.
See the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS//RICS), the Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS), the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) and the Construction Industry Board, UK for information on relevant accredited degree courses.
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The Leaving Certificate with specific grades in six subjects including Mathematics and Irish or English is a minimum requirement.
Please see http://www.cao.ie/courses.php for information on course qualifications.
Application for admission to undergraduate courses must be made in accordance with the regulations and procedures and timetable described in the CAO Handbook.
The Handbook is confined to giving information on how to apply for admission to the relevant institutions. Applicants should not attempt to complete the application form without first referring to the information literature on courses, which is available from the institutions to which application is to be made.
Candidates are recommended to check the prospectuses from the individual institutions for course details and specific entry requirements.
There is no upper age limit for entry into this career. You may be able to enter relevant training through universities or colleges that relax normal academic entrance requirements for suitable mature applicants. Most academic institutions define people aged 23 years or over as mature candidates.
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An inspection of property or natural resources like land or buildings. It includes tasks such as measuring, drawing maps, valuing and costing.
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