Surveyors use cadastral surveys and land boundaries in mapping and reporting land-related information for nearly every form of construction including transport, building and communications.

Where surveyors are employed

Surveyors work in engineering firms, mining and construction companies, government departments and private practices predominantly in the mining industry, with most being based in regional centres.


Full-time surveyors in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Surveyors

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 394 people employed full-time as surveyors in South Australia compared with 312 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need a degree in surveying, spatial science, geographic or geospatial information systems or geomatics. At school consider doing English, physics, physical sciences and maths.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Licensing and registration requirements

In South Australia, all surveyors must be registered with the Surveyors Board of South Australia. Visit Surveyors Board of South Australia for the requirements for licensing.

Recognition of skills related work experience and qualifications obtained outside Australia

To gain work as a surveyor in South Australia you must submit your overseas gained qualifications for assessment first to the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and then seek registration from the Surveyors Board of South Australia. You may be required to find a Licenced Surveyor who is prepared to employ you as a Registered Surveying Graduate under supervision for a minimum period of 2 years. Additional studies may also be required for a Licence in South Australia.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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