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.

Get an edge on by becoming a Certified Survey Technician! Learn more here.


Get to know your professional colleagues by participating in your local Chapter Meetings or the Young Surveyors Network.

Learn about Mentorships here.


Access free money for college! Also - PLSO has a special student member rate for the annual conference in January.


High School students have an opportunity to win prize money through this annual math competition.

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

    1.    Education (Check out Scholarship Opportunities Here)

    • 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 + eight years in the field 

      2.    Become a Land Survey Intern (LSI)

      • Pass the Fundamentals of Land Surveying Exam (FLS)
        • Go to NCEES.org to register and take the FS exam.

      3.    Four Years of LSI Work

      • Gain four-years work surveying experience under a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS)

      4.    Become a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor


      What is the average salary of a land surveyor?

      The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for all geomatics professionals is $60,000 per year. Find out more in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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