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
Cartographic Designer
Cartographic Drafter
Cartographic Editor
Cartographic Technician
Cartography Supervisor
Cartography Technician
Certified Photogrammetrist
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
Mapping Manager
Mapping Supervisor
Orthophotography Technician
Photo Cartographer
Photogrammetric Engineer
Photogrammetric Stereo Compiler
Photogrammetric Technician
Production Manager
Soft Copy Photogrammetrist
Softcopy Photogrammetrist
Softcopy Plotter Operator
Stereo Compiler
Stereo Plotter Operator
Stereoplotter Operator
Topographical Field Assistant
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Surveyors and Mapping Scientists
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