Surveying and Mapping Technicians (17-3031)

Occupation description:  Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps. Excludes Surveyors (17-1022), Cartographers and Photogrammetrists (17-1021), and Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers (19-2042).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 242243 0.40 33
United States 57,30052,900 -7.60 650650

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.8712.5215.80 20.4126.7733.79
Alaska 28.9217.0123.55 28.4634.2242.13
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 28.1815.2120.64 27.9934.2443.20
Fairbanks North Star Borough 30.7722.5226.03 30.0835.4341.37

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
24859 23.833.7 24.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation84
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation18
UI claimants previously working in occupation33
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 185
Number of job position postings 15
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 12.3

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Geomatics AAS
Geomatics Bac