Land surveying and geographical information Systems (GIS)

This work typically involves the collection, analysis and display of often complex geographical and environmental data that may be used for a variety of purposes. Employers range from supermarkets to local authorities, oil companies and organisations such as Kew Gardens. Types of roles available include:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Land and hydrographic surveying
  • Cartography

Getting in and getting experience

For surveying roles, employers may prefer graduates with a relevant qualification, particularly the completion of a course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This could be at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and conversion courses exist for graduates with non-cognate first degrees.

Entrants to GIS roles often have either a GIS, geography or computing degree and requirements vary between employers. Employers may favour candidates with a relevant postgraduate qualification.

For all roles, gaining work experience can improve your chances, especially for those aiming for a management position later. This could be via a formal industrial placement or internship, or as the result of making a speculative approach to an organisation asking for work experience. Use opportunities to link university projects to future work areas and explore the possibility of project placements with employers.

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