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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 188194 3.26 1421
United States 60,20066,600 10.62,100 4,5007,240

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.3213.6616.81 21.6428.4036.15
Alaska 33.6824.0226.44 29.7836.2151.13
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 30.0921.1925.92 29.3434.4439.21
Fairbanks North Star Borough **25.92 *34.44*
Balance of State **25.92 *34.44*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
22952 22.733.9 21.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation49
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation13
UI claimants previously working in occupation28
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 184
Number of job position postings 22
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 8.4

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

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Surveyor Assistant, Instruments Apprenticeship