Have you ever wondered who creates the maps that we use on our Smart Phones and SatNavs?
Geomatic Surveyors are the professionals responsible for collecting, processing, managing and analysing geographic information. By creating “intelligent maps”, the surveyor adds information which could, for example, allow you find where you can get the best pizza in town!
Geomatic Surveyors use cutting-edge technologies including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), satellites, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and laser scanning, together with state-of-the-art information technologies, in their quest to capture information and convert it into useful, intelligent maps and 3D models.
The profession is experiencing significant growth as consumers and businesses increasingly use location based services and big data initiatives.
Where do they work?
As extremely versatile professionals, Geomatic Surveyors work in every corner of the world, from the ice caps of Antarctica to the mines of Africa and deep waters harbours of Australia - as well as here in Ireland. Geomatic careers entail great diversity, involving indoor and outdoor work locations as well as individual and team-based activities.
Career prospects are high and progression opportunities are excellent - globally, Geomatic Surveyors, including recent graduates, are in full employment and it is predicted that there will be a shortage of qualified graduates to meet the needs of the geo-services industry in the coming years.
What sort of subjects should you be interested in to pursue a career in this area?
This is a profession ideally suited to students who enjoy working with numbers. You should have a good spatial awareness, and an interest in geography and information technology. Creativity is also important as the mapping and 3D modelling requires good design skills.