CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Surveyors and Mapping Scientists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems. Identify, scale, and orient geodetic points, elevations, and other planimetric or topographic features, applying standard mathematical formulas.
 
Collect information about specific features of the Earth using aerial photography and other digital remote sensing techniques.
 
Revise existing maps and charts, making all necessary corrections and adjustments.
 
Compile data required for map preparation, including aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports, and original maps.
 
Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.
 
Determine map content and layout, as well as production specifications such as scale, size, projection, and colors, and direct production to ensure that specifications are followed.
 
Examine and analyze data from ground surveys, reports, aerial photographs, and satellite images to prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics, and related charts.
 
Select aerial photographic and remote sensing techniques and plotting equipment needed to meet required standards of accuracy.
 
Delineate aerial photographic detail such as control points, hydrography, topography, and cultural features using precision stereoplotting apparatus or drafting instruments.
 
Build and update digital databases.
 
Prepare and alter trace maps, charts, tables, detailed drawings, and three-dimensional optical models of terrain using stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment.
 
Determine guidelines that specify which source material is acceptable for use.
 
Study legal records to establish boundaries of local, national, and international properties.
 
Travel over photographed areas to observe, identify, record, and verify all relevant features.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD Land Desktop Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Bentley MicroStation Computer aided design CAD software
 
CE Surveyor III software Analytical or scientific software
 
CMT Incorporated CogoCAD Computer aided design CAD software
 
Cadcorp desktop GIS Map creation software
 
Carlson SurvCADD Computer aided design CAD software
 
Carlson SurvCE Analytical or scientific software
 
Carlson Survey Map creation software
 
CloudWorks Application server software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Cyclone Data conversion software
 
Data logging software Data base user interface and query software
 
Data transfer software Document management software
 
Drafting software Map creation software
 
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
 
Geocomp Systems GeoNav Analytical or scientific software
 
Geodetic software Analytical or scientific software
 
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
 
Global positioning system GPS software Mobile location based services software
 
HYPACK HYSWEEP Analytical or scientific software
 
HYPACK MAX Analytical or scientific software
 
Internet browser software Internet browser software
 
Latitude software Office suite software
 
MicroSurvey FieldGenius Analytical or scientific software
 
MicroSurvey software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
NOAA Shoreline Data Explorer Route navigation software
 
PC-Mapper software Map creation software
 
Project Tracker Pro software Project management software
 
Project analysis and costing software Project management software
 
Project data integration software Project management software
 
Sharetech Tabs Plus Time accounting software
 
Sokkia G2 Analytical or scientific software
 
Sokkia Imap Map creation software
 
Sokkia Spectrum Survey Suite Analytical or scientific software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Surface modeling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Survey software Analytical or scientific software
 
Topographic database software Information retrieval or search software
 
Trimble HydroPro Route navigation software
 
Trimble Terramodel Computer aided design CAD software
 
Abney levels Height gauges
 
Altimeters Height gauges
 
Automatic levels Levels
 
Automatic slope lasers Laser measuring systems
 
Barometers Barometers
 
Clinometers Clinometers
 
Curvimeters Map measurers
 
Depth gauge tapes Measuring tapes
 
Digital laser rangefinders Rangefinders
 
Digital measuring poles Measuring rods
 
Direct elevation rods Measuring rods
 
Distance meters Distance meters
 
Dot lasers Lasers
 
Double right-angle prisms Prisms
 
Electronic digital levels Levels
 
Electronic digital theodolites Theodolites
 
Elevator tripods Instrument tripods
 
Gammon reels Tape measures
 
Geological compasses Geological compasses
 
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
 
Hand levels Levels
 
Handheld measuring lasers Laser measuring systems
 
Integrated global positioning systems GPS Global positioning system receivers
 
Invisible beam lasers Lasers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Laser plumb bobs Plumb bobs
 
Laser scanners Scanners
 
Line lasers Laser measuring systems
 
Long range reflectorless total stations Theodolites
 
Machetes Machetes
 
Magnetic locators Electromagnetic geophysical instruments
 
Measuring rods Measuring rods
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Mechanical theodolites Theodolites
 
Philadelphia rods Measuring rods
 
Planimeters Map measurers
 
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
 
Pocket personal computers PC Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Pocket transits Geological compasses
 
Prism poles Extension pole
 
Prismless total stations Theodolites
 
Reflectorless total stations Theodolites
 
Right-angle prisms Prisms
 
Road measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
 
Robotic total stations Theodolites
 
Robotic tripods Instrument tripods
 
Rod levels Measuring rods
 
Rotary lasers Lasers
 
San Francisco rods Measuring rods
 
Side scan sonars Sonars
 
Single-beam echo sounders Sonometers
 
Single-beam transducers Sonometers
 
Stereoscopes Video attachments for microscopes
 
Surveyors leveling rods Measuring rods
 
Telescopic viewers Distance meters
 
Total stations Theodolites
 
Tracking lasers Interferometers
 
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
 
Tribrachs Optical calibration sets
 
Tripods Instrument tripods
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Visible beam lasers Lasers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerial Photogrammetrist
CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
CAD Technician (Computer-Aided Design Technician)
Cadastral Mapper
Cartographer
Cartographic Designer
Cartographic Drafter
Cartographic Editor
Cartographic Technician
Cartography Supervisor
Cartography Technician
Certified Photogrammetrist
Compiler
Computer Aided Design Draftsman (CAD Draftsman)
Data Analyst
Digital Cartographer
Drafting Technician
Engineer, Photogrammetric
Field Map Editor
GIS Analyst (Geographic Information Systems Analyst)
GIS Manager (Geographic Information Systems Manager)
Geographic Information Systems Mapping Analyst (GIS Mapping Analyst)
Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GIS Specialist)
Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)
Geospatial Specialist
Imagery Analyst
LIDAR Technician (Light Detection and Ranging Technician)
LiDAR Data Analyst
LiDAR Specialist
Map Editor
Map Maker
Mapper
Mapping Manager
Mapping Supervisor
Orthophotography Technician
Photo Cartographer
Photogrammetric Engineer
Photogrammetric Stereo Compiler
Photogrammetric Technician
Photogrammetrist
Production Manager
Soft Copy Photogrammetrist
Softcopy Photogrammetrist
Softcopy Plotter Operator
Stereo Compiler
Stereo Plotter Operator
Stereoplotter Operator
Surveyor
Topographer
Topographical Field Assistant
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
 
 
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