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Last week, I talked a little bit about the Get Kids Into Survey program and how we might better attract future surveyors into our chosen (and awesome) career.

Since I sent out that issue, I’ve found myself thinking about how we can bring more people into the profession, regardless of their age. I’m sure there are plenty of folks in the general workforce that would rather be surveying, if they only knew it existed.

Some of them are younger people, still trying to figure out what they want to do for a living. Some are a little older, looking for a second career. Yet others are just looking for something fun to do just prior to their retirement.

Surveying can be fun both outdoors and indoors, but obviously that’s a matter of opinion. Many of the surveyors I’ve known have never had a desire to move into the office. While others love the aspect of receiving the data and turning it into a map. And others like to have the best of both worlds.

There’s room for all of those types of surveyors in the industry. But if surveying is so much fun, why aren’t people piling into the profession in droves? Perhaps it is because people typically don’t know what a surveyor does and they don’t understand it.

Thankfully, some people are working on educating others to help invite them into a surveying career. Take the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors, for instance, who is working to “map out ways to attract newcomers“.

Read the article at Seven Days: Vermont Surveyors Map Out Ways to Attract Newcomers to Their Trade

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Rugged country 📷

Line needs to be run from the N1/4 over the ridge to the NW corner then over the ridge to the W1/4 then over the next “hill” to the SW corner.

This job sucks!

The only way to make this job truly suck is to complain.

Rain, snow, cold, wind, thorns, whatever…if you can manage to keep from complaining about management, the equipment, the weather, your co-worker and all the rest, then it is still a great job to be a field surveyor even with all the challenges.

Dedication & acceptance

Most of our residential subdivision work is what I call “recycled subdivisions”. They were started in the early to mid 2000s and died because of the recession. In most cases, roads are built, utilities installed, etc. but no lots were sold. They each have their own unique issues. The one we are working with now has an interesting twist.

An Army’s worth of experience

Has anyone here been a Land Surveyor with the Army Corps of Engineers? This will be my first time going the federal route and was just wondering what to expect? It is 50% office and 50% field with 15% of the time being travel.

Licensure webinar

Here is an interesting webinar that may be of interest to some: The Path to Becoming a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS)

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Vermont Surveyors Map Out Ways to Attract Newcomers to Their Trade

While mapping out some lakeside property boundaries in March, Otis said he’s not really a people person. He often works alone or with just one other person, and that part of the job appeals to him, too.

Those conditions don’t seem to hold much allure for others, however. The surveying profession in Vermont, and in the rest of the world, is working hard to find more members.

Read the full article at Seven Days

👋 Before you go

Hey, you! Yeah, you. In case you missed it, our 2023 Photo Contest has officially launched. So, grab your camera and take some shots from your field “office” and enter them to win!

We’ve sweetened the pot this year, too. The grand prize winner will be featured in the calendar and take home a $100 coupon code from as well as a couple of our 2023 wall calendar featuring his or her winning photo. We also send a few miscellaneous Surveyor Connect swag goodies.

11 honorable mentions will also be featured in the calendar and get a $20 coupon code, copy of the calendar, and miscellaneous swag.

Enter today or anytime until midnight on October 14, 2022. You can enter as many photos as you like. 🙂

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Happy traversing,

Wendell T. Harness

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