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Career Pathways

There are a lot of different places to study surveying and many different levels to which you can study to. The tables shown in the Study Pathways section give a basic idea of what type of job you may be offered after studying to certain levels. The pathway tables are purely a guide and are in no way a 'rule' in all circumstances (for example, you may be able to get a job higher on the list than shown for each level of study). In some circumstances, Mine Surveyors with experience can be trained into a Mining Engineering role; therefore further increasing the attractiveness of this line of education.

At present, there is somewhat of a shortage of Mine Surveyors and Registered Mine Surveyors which is resulting in some demand for their employment. The common process for becoming a Mine Surveyor include:

- Cadetships and Associate Programs

In this instance, you can be employed without qualifications while your employer provides support and funding for you to progress through your studies while working fulltime.

See the Cadetship and Associate Programs section for details on where to apply for this type of position.

- Studying a Degree prior to employment

This will allow a university graduate to be employed as a Graduate Surveyor which usually involves a program of on the job training and support in becoming registered.

See the Graduate Programs section for details on where to apply for this type of position.


Registration information:

After completing a bachelor degree, surveyors have the option to become 'licensed' or 'registered' to become fully qualified to complete all surveying related duties and to ensure the upkeep of surveying standards. In certain states, a mine must have a registered surveyor employed at the site; this legislative requirement may be more prominent across the country shortly.

The registration process is generally completed in 2 years, while employed, through completion of competencies or examinations which are presented to a surveying board to determine if the surveyor is an acceptable candidate for registration. Registration is usually transferable between states given certain conditions and will lead to better employment prospects, pathways and wages.

To find out more information about becoming a registered surveyor, have a look in the Surveying Associations section for the surveying board relative to your state.

Where to study:

If you are interested in studying surveying or spatial science, please view the Tafe & University Details section for information about what courses different institutions offer.