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What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
· Building surveying
· Cadastral surveying
· Engineering surveying
· Geographic information
To find out which institutions have courses with these specialisations, use
the Index on page 427.
What you're in for
This is a field with a clear focus: 'the determination and
identification of the shape, contour, location and dimensions of
land or water masses and their features, or planning and
designing maps', says one definition. Career versatility is a key
selling point for potential surveyors. According to the Surveying
and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), modern surveyors 'help
police at crime scenes, they predict earthquakes, they use
computer imaging and satellites to monitor environmental
change, they map the ocean floor... and of course, they tell you
where your land ends and your neighbour's begins'. This means
that employment prospects are excellent.
Try to talk to someone who does this sort of work to get an idea of
what jobs in surveying are like: ask the coordinator of any
surveying course you are considering for names and phone
numbers of employers; ring the human resources department of a
mining company; or perhaps even contact the state or federal
government environmental department. You should also visit the
SSSI website at www.sssLorg.au.
If you are still shopping around for the right field, you might find
other courses of interest in the sciences area (especially the
earth sciences), agriculture, architecture, built environment,
environmental studies, and engineering and technology.
Courses and specialisations
In universities, courses might be found in surveying, engineering,
spatial sciences, geomatics or a range of other academic areas.
If designing maps interests you, you should look at cartography.
The student body and graduate ratings
The various traditional surveying specialisations (cadastral,
marine and mining) now sit alongside a host of other sub-fields
such as geographic information systems, spatial information
systems, global positioning and photogrammetry, all of which
exploit high-level technology to collect, analyse, display and
manage geographical and spatial information. That's one of the
good things about this field: technology knows no bounds. Even
cartography courses have enjoyed a facelift in recent years, with
titles like multimedia cartography making it to some course lists.
Some courses have 'surveying' in their name, but if a geomatics
specialisation is your preference you will often find it within a
general science, applied science, engineering or technology
degree, so it pays to do your research.
Where to study
Degrees in surveying and its many specialisations are offered at
a number of universities around the country - just remember to
check course handbooks to ensure that the course covers the
field in which you are looking to specialise. To compare entry
difficulty at different institutions, see the 'How tough is it to get in?'
tables in Section 4.
The surveying profession has been experiencing significant skills
shortages for several years. The upside of this is that
employment prospects for surveyors are likely to remain positive
for several years to come. In response to the shortages, SSSI
has established the Spatial Education Leadership Group, which
aims to build a level of skilled capacity that is sustainable in the
long term. Its initiatives are designed to increase awareness of
the profession and the progression of spatial sciences. Other
SSSI initiatives include the Women in Spatial group, which aims
to engage women in the profession through schemes such as
forums and scholarships, and the SSSI Mentoring Program,
which offers mentoring to students and young professionals.
THE STUDENT BODY GRADUATE RATINGS
Total students % International % Domestic Estimated average Teaching quality Generic skills
students schoolleavers tuition costs for
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 424.
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