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Created June 2003 - Updated January 2019

What is Land Surveying?

Professional Land Surveyor
This 5-page document describes the profession, working conditions, education, training, employment and job outlook as well as other information.

Video presentation of "Professional Land Surveying - A Career Without Boundaries".

Equipment used by Professional Land Surveyor's

Click here to view a sample of a typical lot survey performed by a Professional Land Surveyor.
Click here to view a sample of a typical subdivision survey performed by a Professional Land Surveyor.

The Exhibit: "Maps in Our Lives"
Library of Congress
The exhibition is a cooperative venture between the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). The relationship between the two groups extends over 30 years...
Click here to visit "Maps in Our Lives" exhibit at the Library of Congress.
Click here for the 8 page story complete with pictures from the October 2005 issue of Professional Surveyor Magazine. (2mg)

NOAA Celebrating 200 Years of Science, Service, and Stewardship

Hydrographic Survey
Hydrography is the science of measuring and describing the physical features of bodies of water and adjacent land areas that are periodically underwater (such as areas that are covered and uncovered by rising and falling tides). The most common use of hydrographic data is as an aid to safe navigation. This educational activity explains the concept and major components of sonar systems used to collect hydrographic data.

Lesson materials for students 9-12
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/classroom/lessons/23_hydrosurvey_see.pdf (12 pages)

Overview: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/navigation/hydro/

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
BLM - Surveying our Public Lands (19 pages)

Cadastral surveys deal with one of the oldest and most fundamental facets of human society-ownership of land.

They are the surveys that create, mark, define, retrace, or reestablish the boundaries and subdivisions of the public lands of the United States.

They are not like scientific surveys of an informative character, which may be amended due to the availability of additional information or because of changes in conditions or standards of accuracy. Although cadastral surveys employ scientific methods and precise measurements, they are based upon law and not upon science.

Cadastral surveys are the foundation upon which rest title to all land that is now, or was once, part of the Public Domain of the United States.

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS)
NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) defines and manages the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). This network provides the foundation for transportation and communication; mapping and charting; and a multitude of scientific and engineering applications.

Committed to making transportation and navigation safer, NGS conducts aerial photography surveys near airports in the United States and its possessions to position obstructions and aids to air travel. NGS also maps the coastal regions of the United States and provides data for navigational charts.

NGS develops Federal standards for geodetic surveys and helps to coordinate surveying methods. NGS State Geodetic Advisors are stationed in several states to work with local communities to expand surveying capabilities.

History of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS)

State Land Surveying Associations

Land Surveying Associations Listing by State
For more information and availability of presentations by a Professional Land Surveyor, call the State Association office in your state for the local chapter nearest you.


Land Surveying Scholarships Available

Colleges and Universities Offering Land Surveying Programs

ABET Accredited Surveying/Geomatics Programs
This link takes you to a search engine at the ABET site.

Land Surveying Careers in their own words...

Land Surveying Careers
Read about the diverse careers of Land Surveyors across the United States.

Click here for a listing of articles about the diverse and successful careers of Professional Land Surveyors.

Miscellaneous Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH),
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.