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Land survey technicians

OaSIS code 22213.02

Land survey technicians participate in surveys to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and other structures on the earth's surface, underground and underwater.


Also known as

  • Land survey technician
  • Topographic survey technician

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Participate in field surveys and operate survey instruments and devices
  • Keep records, measurements and other survey information in systematic order
  • Assist in the calculation, analysis and computation of measurements obtained during field surveys
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed drawings, charts and plans.

Additional information

  • Mobility is possible between the various occupations in this unit group.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • Progression to land surveyor position is possible with completion of professional surveyor examinations and certification.
  • Geomatics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of geographically referenced data.
  • Land survey technologists and technicians may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Land surveyors (21203)
  • Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (22101)
  • Drafting technologists and technicians (22212)
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians (22300)
  • Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (22214)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

222 – Technical occupations related to applied sciences (except engineering)

Minor group

2221 – Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics and meteorology

Unit group

22213 – Land survey technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

22213.02 – Land survey technicians

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level
Performing General Physical Activities
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

1 - Very little time
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
3 - Important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • All levels of government
  • Architectural and engineering firms
  • Private sector land surveying establishments

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Far Vision
5 - Highest Level
Gross Body Coordination
4 - High Level
Spatial Orientation
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Colour Perception
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important