risk level
Based on 181 votes
by year 2032
or $32.95 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

25% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

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  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

42% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, employees may be able to find reassurance in the automated risk level we have generated, which shows 25% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Surveyors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Surveyors' job openings is expected to rise 0.9% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Surveyors' was $68,540, or $32 per hour

'Surveyors' were paid 42.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 50,740 people employed as 'Surveyors' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Surveyors'.

Job description

Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.

SOC Code: 17-1022.00


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Joel says
The collection of measurement data is more or less automated already. The evaluation of that data in reference to output of say topographic maps or GIS is also automated to some extent. What I don't think can or will be is the evaluation of spacial data for establishment of boundaries. The variables involved are complex and are weighed differently in a case by case manner. I don't think that machine learning could be reliably accurate in weighing evidence for boundary control.
May 08, 2023 at 05:43 PM
caleb lutomski (Low) says
This line of work is just too precise to be fully taken over by robots at least in the foreseeable future. There is also a lot of common sense that goes into the decisions that these guys make that would be hard to program. In my opinion, Even if we did advance enough to get drones to do this precisely enough, this is a job that people take pride in and get huge satisfaction from and we should really leave it to the pros. Furthermore, this is a job that people seek out and enjoy instead of just falling into other mindless jobs that could certainly use some automation.
Apr 13, 2023 at 07:52 PM
joe buddin (Moderate) says
Some places like the beach are surveyed by airplanes and technology is advancing pretty fast
Apr 12, 2021 at 06:26 PM
Alejandro (No chance) says
The science of measuring is one of the oldest known professions. Among so many related tasks, the determination and location of a property can hardly be replaced by a robot, for this it is necessary to evaluate a number of data in the field for the purpose that is pursued. A robot could not do it the same
Jul 19, 2020 at 09:43 PM
Luciano (No chance) says
Too many things to know, with in the moment decisions to do.
Jun 23, 2019 at 08:44 AM

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