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With a 100% hire rate for recent graduates, people entering the profession don't ask if they can get a job, they choose where they want to work.

Discover Land Surveying - Where Career Meets Lifestyle

People entering the profession don't ask if they can get a job, they choose where they want to work. Recent graduates are experiencing a 100% hire rate. The number of available jobs that don't require a degree are also plentiful.

If you like working on various projects at different outdoor locations and collaborating with a number of professions - all while using advanced technology - land surveying could be in your future! 

Voted as one of the "Top 25 Most Promising Jobs for Millennials" by Forbes Magazine.

What is the average salary of a land surveyor?

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $93,292 and as low as $31,097, the majority of Professional Land Surveyor salaries currently range between $58,425 (25th percentile) to $77,272 (75th percentile) in Oregon.” (June 15, 2019). According to Oregon Tech, the average median starting salary for their recent Geomatics graduates is $60,000.

Becoming a Land Surveyor

What are the steps to becoming a professional land surveyor in Oregon?

1. Education
  • Check out Oregon Programs here or find ABET accredited programs available throughout the U.S. and worldwide, including 100% online - Click Here
  • (OAR 820-010-2020)
  • Four-Year Program
    • Oregon Tech is the only four-year undergraduate degree program in Oregon. Check out OIT.edu.
    • Oregon State University has a graduate program. Find out more at OSU.edu.
  • Two-Year Program + two years in the field (or start here and transfer to Oregon Tech)
    • Clark College is the only two-year surveying program in the Portland Metro area. Check out Clark.edu.
    • Umpqua Community College offers an Applied Surveying option. Find out more at Umpqua.edu.
  • No Degree
    • Attain 8 years of field experience in place of a college program.

2. Become a Land Survey Intern (LSI)
  • Pass the Fundamentals of Land Surveying Exam (FLS)

3. Four Years of LSI Work

4. Become a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor

Already a Land Surveyor?

Take advantage of the programs and opportunities available to improve your Career.


Let’s Get Together

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Membership with PLSO offers:

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Money-saving programs
  • Discounts for national programs
  • Legislative advocacy for our industry
  • And more!

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