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Geodetic Surveyor Course and Career Info

Geodetic Surveyor

Geodetic Surveyor Course and Career Info Description


Course Classification:


Course Description:

To be a geodetic surveyor, you need to have a geodetic engineering diploma. This college course teaches you about the basic skills not only in surveying but also in mapping work. In addition to this, this course also teaches you geodesy as well as geographic information systems. Other subjects taught in this course include remote sensing, oceanography as well as ethics. Land registration laws as well as laws on public lands and laws on natural resources are also taught.

Cost of Education:

This course is a five-year course, and one semester of B.S. in Geodetic Engineering is going to cost you anywhere from P25,000 to about P35,000. The cost of education depends upon the university you’re going to enroll in, and where it’s a private or public institution.

Top Universities for Course:

  • Excellent universities that offer B.S. in Geodetic Engineering are University of the Philippines in Diliman, Leyte State University, Saint Louis University, Tarlac College of Agriculture, and University of Southern Philippines.


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Course Skills and Factors


Skills/Physical Attributes:

  • Excellent health.
  • Able to withstand stress and heat.
  • Excellent eyesight and hearing.
  • Good coordination.
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to picture objects in relation to distance as well as size.
  • Skills in math, geometry, statistics, etc. as well as good knowledge of their practical applications.
  • Good knowledge in engineering science as well as their practical applications.
  • Good knowledge in creating accurate and precise designs, plans, models, blueprints, etc. as well as their techniques, principles, methods, and even tools.
  • Communication skills, be it oral or written.
  • Good knowledge of computer and the software related to geodetic engineering.



  • The main responsibility of a geodetic engineer is to measure as well as map out the surface of the earth, taking into consideration the shape as well as the contour of surfaces in relation to its location and land dimension features such as elevation and dimension. They also conduct surveys to distinguish the boundaries of a property, such as for land titles, deeds, and for other legal documents. In addition to this, geodetic engineers are also responsible for locating and marking sites, important in mining activities.



Career Outlook and Global Demand


Global Demand:

Locally, there are so many industries that are in need of geodetic engineers, examples of which are the Department of Agrarian Reform as well as the Department of Public Works and Highways. Abroad though, countries that are hiring Filipino geodetic engineers are Saudi Arabia as well as UAE. Bahrain is also hiring professionals from the country.

Expected Salary:

The salary of entry-level geodetic engineers is about P15,000 to as high as P18,000.

Opportunities for Advancement:

You start out as a technician or an assistant first, if you don’t have your license yet. However, once you have your license and enough experience, you can immediately advance to a senior level position. From there, you can also move up to a supervisory position where you manage a crew or train new surveyors.