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What to Expect From a Degree in Surveying Management

A surveying manager at a construction site

When looking into a degree in surveying management, it helps to familiarize yourself with the various courses you can expect to take as a student! First things first, you will need to commit to four years of undergraduate-level courses which will teach you the basics of surveying management as a practice.

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Surveying Management Skills

Once you complete your degree in surveying management, you will be well-equipped with numerous skills that you might not have had prior to taking the required courses. If you didn’t already have these skills in your back pocket, you certainly will after finishing your degree in surveying management. 

As a surveying management graduate, you will more than likely have adopted many of the following skills along the way, such as… 

  • Analytical 
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Good at deducing 
  • Precise communication 
  • Formulate strategies
  • Come up with theories
  • Strong mathematical abilities 
  • Excellent with managing time 
  • Great at hypothesizing 
  • Familiarity with technology used in surveying 
  • Calibrating tools and instruments
  • Well-acquainted with surveying rules and regulations 

Course Requirements for Surveying Management Degree

A typical surveying management degree will require that you complete certain core classes, including but not limited to the following collegiate courses

  • Accounting
  • Chemistry 
  • Computations
  • Construction 
  • Economics
  • Geometry
  • Introduction to Philosophy 
  • Introduction to Survey Management 
  • Management 
  • Physical Science 
  • Plane Surveying 
  • Public Land Surveying
  • Statistics  

For a complete list of courses for a surveying management degree, take a look at the different types of surveying management programs at Everglades University!  

Common Professions in Surveying Management

There are seemingly endless opportunities for people who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in surveying management. Five of the most common surveying management professions include… 

  • Forensic surveyor
  • Hydrographic surveyor
  • Environmental land surveyor 
  • Site management team engineer

Forensic Surveyor 

As a forensic surveyor, you can expect to work side-by-side legal professionals, such as police, detectives, and coroners responding to crime scenes. As forensic surveyors, former surveying management students relive potential scenarios in an effort to figure out how the crime at hand took place. 

From analyzing environmental damage caused by the crime to using clues as a way of determining how the criminal act played out, forensic surveyors use what they learned about surveying the environment to piece together the crime scene in front of them. Forensic surveyors are associated with many legal agencies, including but not limited to the government and law enforcement.

Hydrographic Surveyor

Similar to environmental land surveyors, another profession that many graduates of surveying management courses typically fall into is a career as a hydrographic surveyor. Essentially, hydrographic surveyors are just like environmental surveyors, with the main difference being that hydrographic surveyors focus on bodies of water instead of land regions. 

As a hydrographic surveyor, you can certainly expect to spend a majority of your time mapping out different bodies of water. For example, you may create maps that depict the outlines of coastlines, or the location of rivers, or the depth of oceans, from the surface to the very bottom of the ocean floor. Aside from mapping, hydrographic surveyors take a plethora of measurements as they relate to the depth of water, length of rivers, and degrees of erosion, to name a few examples. 

Environmental Land Surveyor 

Another route many graduates travel with their degree in surveying management is in the direction of environmentalism. If you have a passion for helping the planet and saving animals that are endangered, then becoming an environmental land surveyor may be the right move for you! 

As an environmental land surveyor, duties include examining the outcomes of natural disasters, looking for regions that are in dire need of surveying, and analyzing parts of the world that are knowingly contaminated by chemicals, such as oil spills or man made compounds.

Site Management Team Engineer 

A surveying management engineer is arguably one of the most relevant job opportunities for post-college surveying management majors. Engineers on surveying management teams are responsible for advising other professionals who are taking care of other duties on-site, so not only are they engineers, but they are points of reference for other people working on-site, too. 

More often than not, in order to be hired as a surveying management site engineer, potential employers will require that you hold a graduate degree in surveying management. As always, the hiring process takes place on a case-by-case basis, so feel free to apply to an open site engineer position even if you do not have a graduate-level surveying degree. 

How to Choose the Right Surveying Management Program

Choosing the right degree program is based on many different factors depending on what is most important. There are three main factors that most individuals find essential when trying to decide which surveying management program is right for them; technology education, school programming, and student success after graduation. 

Technology Education

The future of surveying technology will require the ability to manage many new technology platforms. At Everglades University, our team is consistently monitoring industry changes and updating our learning models. Educational trends and changes that are being implemented now and in the future include: 

  • Drones
  • 3D Modeling
  • Data Management
  • Digital Equipment 

As new technology starts getting implemented in the workforce, we adapt and have it in our Surveying Management degree. Our goal is to send students out into the industry as stand-out individuals who are training in the latest technologies. 

School Programming

When choosing the right program for your surveying major, the teachers’ and schools’ quality is high on everyone’s list. Some critical questions to consider when looking at Surveying Management programs include:

  • Can you take your courses online? 
  • Are teachers available readily for questions and conversations? 
  • Are there on-campus options available? 
  • Do you have the choice of specialty areas? 
  • Is it possible to combine your degree with another related program? 

Within Everglades University, you can choose from in-person courses or online courses for your surveying major. We understand that in today’s world, not everyone can attend in person. Every student has an advisor that works with them closely to help with course choices and dual degree programs if the student chooses. 

Our teachers are dedicated and available for students throughout the week. Professors have weekly times set aside for students to ask questions, get help or discuss concerns. Additionally, each student has the opportunity to tune their courses to any specialty area they choose with their capstone project and teacher collaboration. 

Success in the Industry

Alumni success in the industry is an excellent way for new students to gauge if a program is right for them too. Our teachers and advisors can put students in touch with past alumni in their specialty areas to answer questions. 

The surveying industry is ever-evolving, and so are we at Everglades University. By collaborating with businesses, we consistently update our technology education. Our school community offers the opportunity for feedback and growth. Plus, students have access to previous graduates in their field as they transition through the program. 

At Everglades University, we are continually working to succeed in all three of these areas to ensure our students’ success as they take on jobs after graduation.  By taking the time to review potential programs on their use of technology, university programming, and success in the industry, you will be sure to find the right path for you. 

We believe it is Everglades University and would be happy to answer any questions you have about our Surveying Management degree program. 

Does a Career in Surveying Management Sound Like a Dream to You? 

Figuring out which major you’re interested in studying is step one. After you select a career path, the next step is to determine where you will attend classes and which accredited university you plan to graduate from, which is no easy task! 

A construction surveying manager at a job site.

Getting a surveying management degree allows you to have a rewarding career.

If you’ve decided that a surveying management degree is an educational path that suits you, consider looking into a degree from Everglades University! Along with five physical campuses in Florida, Everglades University also offers online courses for your convenience. This way, you can apply for either in-person or online courses in surveying management. 

Whether you elect to take surveying management classes on campus or study surveying management from home, Everglades University is an accredited educational institution that will set you up for success! With a degree from Everglades, you’ll be more than ready to fulfill your surveying management dream, no matter which job you ultimately take. Contact us at 888.854.8308 or apply today!

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