I want to ask the technician level people here what they really look for in an employment situation. 'Mo money, of course. But beyond that? What floats your boat? What makes a situation really attractive to you?
If you're not demonstrating and explaining how you're going to help me get to license I end the conversation and move on.
I could be making 30k and more in GIS and came here for mentoring and license support.
I also got the chance to work Field to finish and work with 3Dscanning and civil design.
But the mentoring and license support trumped all.
Based on my experience as both a young surveyor and managing field crews it's giving them an opportunity to learn and grow. That applies even if they haven't chosen surveying as a career path.
Feed a curious mind and it will grow and as it grows it will thirst for more knowledge.
There are 2 different types of technicians.
1.) A step in the path towards licensure
2.) A career technician.
The answer may depend to a certain amount on which category an individual may fall into.
The best job I ever had barely paid me. I was in college and making just a little over minimum wage as a green rodman. The mentoring that I got there has been invaluable. I learned way more from great party chiefs than could ever hope to learn in a college survey course. Don't ever get so involved with having every hour billable that you can't bring someone in the next generation up! Even if they only work with you for a short while, they will remember you and the lessons you taught them for the rest of your life.
Thanks to the guys I worked with at ELS Surveying and Mapping and Stanger Surveying! You guys have helped me more than you could ever know!