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Is There a Shortage of Land Surveyors?

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Many industries are facing a shortage of qualified professionals. Healthcare, skilled trades, IT, and engineering are just a few of the fields that are feeling the pinch in attracting new talent. One of the most overlooked professional shortages is occurring in the field of land surveying. Although the number of land surveyors is expected to only grow by 2% by 2030 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it’s that lack of opportunity that may be driving potential newcomers away from the profession. 

The Land Surveyor Career

Land surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries. They provide data relevant to the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface for engineering, mapmaking, and construction projects. They typically work for survey companies or architectural or engineering firms. Some work for developers that work to subdivide properties into parcels or real estate firms to confirm boundaries upon the sale of a property.

Land surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree because they work with sophisticated technology and math. Some colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs specifically designed to prepare students to become licensed surveyors. 

Land Surveyor Shortage

There are many contributing factors to help explain why there is a perceived land surveyor shortage. One of those reasons is the advancement of technology. Where there used to be three to four surveyors working in the field, there is now only one. The use of drones and other technologies has increased worker productivity and may therefore limit employment growth. Another contributing influence is the extensive education expectations and cost.

Many state boards require a four-year degree before beginning work in the surveying field. This increased requirement might hinder those from pursuing a surveying path. Finally, there may be a general lack of awareness in the public about who land surveyors are and what they do. This also has worked its way into other skilled trades throughout the construction and manufacturing industries.

The Future of Land Surveyors

Only 14% of currently licensed land surveyors are under the age of 34 according to the BLS. Whether there is a true shortage of land surveyors or a lack of opportunity (or both), retiring baby boomer land surveyors will need to be replaced. In an industry with such technological and organizational change, the land surveyor field will need to grapple with its talent gap for years to come.

Nearterm and Surveyors

If you are looking for qualified land surveyors or other professionals in the engineering field, Nearterm has the right solution for you. Whether it’s a temporary or full-time position, Nearterm has the right professional to meet your staffing challenges with the right candidate.

Since 2008, Nearterm has customized recruitment and staffing solutions for clients across the country in fields such as healthcare and engineering. Combining technology and customer service to give you the superior solutions you’re looking for, contact us for a staffing consultation today.