The first step to becoming a surveyor is to get a degree.  Accredited college programs in Surveying or Geomatics are available throughout the country.  Colleges and Technical Schools offer two-year and four-year degree programs. See below for a list of programs in the Northeast, including a certificate program.

After completing an education, a candidate takes the Fundamentals exam.  Successfully passing this exam allows potential employers know that the candidate has achieved a recognized standard.

The next step requires work experience under the supervision of a licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS).  After attaining the required experience, the candidate takes a national exam and a state-specific exam to obtain a license for the State in which he/she will work.


The field of Land Surveying deals with primarily the retracement of land boundaries. The education obtained to become a land surveyor can lead to other exciting careers in remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GPS), photogrammetry and related forms of earth mapping.

To view a listing of current positions available in the land surveying field, click here.

Degree Programs in the Northeast

Four Year Programs

University of Maine
College of Engineering, School of Engineering Technology
Department of Surveying Technology, 5711 Boardman Hall, Room 119, Orono, Maine 04469-5711

Alfred State College (SUNY)
Department of Civil Engineering Technology, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802
BS & AAS Surveying Engineering Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology
School of Engineering Technology, Department of Surveying Engineering Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ   07102-9895
BS Surveying Engineering Technology

Pennsylvania State University
Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying Program, Wilkes Barre Campus, PO Box PSU, Lehman, PA 18627
BS and AET Surveying Technology

Two Year Programs

University of New Hampshire
Thompson School of Applied Science, Putnam Hall, Room 21AA, Durham, NH 03824-3562
AAS Civil Technology, Surveying and Mapping Specialization

New Hampshire Community Technical College
Department of Spatial Information Technology, 2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH 03570
AS Surveying Technology

Mohawk Valley Community College
Department of Engineering Technology and Trades, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501
AAS Surveying Technology

Paul Smiths College
Department of Forestry, Recreation and Surveying, PO Box 265, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0265
AAS Surveying Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology
Department of Civil Engineering & Surveying, College Avenue Labs, Williamsport, PA 17701
AAS Surveying Technology

Certificate Programs

Wentworth Institute
Professional Land Surveying certificate program 
Arioch Center, Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5998
Certificate in Professional Land Surveying

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