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Trainee Land Surveyor

A land surveyor is someone who goes on to a plot of land in order to find out if it meets the client’s requirements. There may either be one or numerous requirements that a client has and wants the plot of land to meet. Your job as a land surveyor is to find out and present a report to the client, while this may sound easy as many times all you need to present is measurements the fact is that it is not. As a trainee land surveyor you will primarily be shadowing a real surveyor as he goes about dealing with clients and the project at hand.

Your job as a trainee land surveyor will include (most probably):

  • Assisting the surveyor in any way possible
  • Taking measurements and helping in taking measurements
  • Setting up equipment as well as common tasks such as emailing and texting clients
  • Most of your time will be spent outdoors with some indoor tasks

The qualities of a trainee land surveyor

While graduating as a land surveyor is definitely an achievement in itself owing to the fact that passing this examination is not easy the next step is to make sure that your employer sees the right qualities. Many if not all employers in his field are looking for people who have a sense of following specific methods when working on a project. Since almost all land surveying jobs will require that you follow a given set of steps having the right attitude and being able to work under pressure is imperative. In addition there is also some improvisation which is required in this field so having a sense of innovation and compromise is also a bonus.

Finding a trainee land surveyor position

Finding a position as a trainee land surveyor is easier said than done and requires some effort especially here in a number of American states. While the demand for land surveyors in some parts of America may be high it is significantly lower in others. As a person who is looking to become a trainee land surveyor you should probably ensure that you are in a place where there is a high demand for this job, not being ideally located could mean that you spend a lot of time looking for a job. If you want to find out where the demand is you can probably search online and then filter the results by location.

Salary of a trainee land surveyor

There is nothing exciting about the salary offered to a trainee land surveyor since you are just a trainee. As a trainee it is up to you to demonstrate knowledge, and willingness to get the job done. You need to be able to demonstrate your skills in the real world even if you were the top of your class. This is why the salary of a trainee is often much lower than what many people expect when they first enroll in college. You can expect anywhere from $4 an hour to $15 an hour.