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Career and Education Opportunities for Survey Technicians in North Dakota

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its largest city is Fargo.

If you want to be a survey technician, the Bismarck, North Dakota area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 320 people are currently employed as survey technicians in North Dakota. By 2016, this is expected to grow 16% to about 370 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for survey technicians are expected to grow by about 20.4%. In general, survey technicians adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.

Income for survey technicians is about $15 per hour or $32,210 yearly on average in North Dakota. Nationally, their income is about $16 hourly or $35,120 yearly. Compared with people working in the overall category of Surveying, people working as survey technicians in North Dakota earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Surveying nationally. Jobs in this field include: stake driver, survey crew chief, and party chief.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Bismarck where you can study to be a survey technician, among six schools of higher education total in the Bismarck area. Given that the most common education level for survey technicians is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a survey technician if you already have a high school diploma.

In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the previous year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. Roughly 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist attractions include the KAT Enterprises, the Red River Zoo, and the West Acres Regional Shopping Center.

CITIES WITH Survey Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN North Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Survey Technician

Survey Technician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, survey technicians adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.

Every day, survey technicians are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in North Dakota include:

  • Cartographer. Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.
  • Equipment Engineering Technician. Apply electrical theory and related knowledge to test and modify developmental or operational electrical machinery and electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants and laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.
  • Surveying Technician. Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.
  • Surveyor. Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, and other purposes.

LOCATION INFORMATION: North Dakota

North Dakota
North Dakota photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its largest city is Fargo. In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. Approximately 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist attractions include the Red River Valley Genealogical Society, the Gallery 4 Ltd, and the West Acres Regional Shopping Center.