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 they 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

Four Year Programs

University of Maine
Orono, ME

BS Surveying Engineering Technology
100% Online Option
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Alfred State College (SUNY)
Alfred, NY

BS Surveying Engineering Technology
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Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID

BS Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology
100% Online Option
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New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ
BS Surveying Engineering Technology
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New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
BS Geomatics
100% Online Option
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Pennsylvania State University
Wilkes Barre Campus, Lehman, PA

BS Surveying Technology
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Two Year Programs

Alfred State College (SUNY)
Alfred, NY

AAS Surveying Engineering Technology
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Mohawk Valley Community College
Utica, NY

AAS Geospatial Technology
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Pennsylvania State University
Wilkes Barre Campus, Lehman, PA

A.ENGT Surveying Engineering Technology
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Certificate Programs

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Boston, MA
100% Online Professional Land Surveying courses
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Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID

Basic Technical Certificate in Surveying
Academic Certificate in Land Surveying
100% Online Option
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University of Maine
Orono, ME

Undergraduate Certificate in Surveying Engineering Technology
Graduate Certificate in Surveying Engineering Technology
100% Online Option
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Learn more about the graduate certificate

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