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Geomatics Technologist

Geomatics technologists conduct or participate in field surveys, office calculations and the production of plans to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and human-made structures on the earth's surface, underground and underwater.

  • Avg. Salary $55,746.00
  • Avg. Wage $42.92
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Engineering Technologist, Surveying Technologist, Physical Sciences Technician/Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Survey Technologists (2254.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Land Survey Technologists and Technicians (C154) 
  • 2011 NOC: Land survey technologists and technicians (2254) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Geomatics Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Survey Technologists

Interest in precision working to operate instruments and computer equipment to measure distance, angles, elevations and contours; to determine precise geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment; and to prepare detailed drawings, charts and plans


Interest in analyzing latitude, longitude and angles to plot features, contours and areas; and in assisting survey engineers and professional surveyors to develop methods and procedures for conducting field surveys


Interest in supervising and co-ordinating field survey activities; and in recording measurements and other information obtained during field surveys

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 14, 2016

In general, geomatics technologists:

  • stake out buildings and other structures such as bridges, dams, tunnels, refineries and other engineering works
  • perform calculations and field layouts of horizontal, vertical and spiral curves when conducting detailed surveys on projects such as highways, urban streets and railways
  • conduct underground, open pit and tunnel surveys and produce plans from these surveys
  • do hydrographic surveys of shoreline and offshore, subsurface contours
  • survey subdivisions, roads, rights-of-way, mineral claims and well sites
  • conduct field surveys for new townships and sections of land to establish or re-establish legal survey boundaries
  • research land titles, legal survey plans, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, geographical databases and other relevant information when planning surveys
  • plan and conduct control surveys for mapping purposes
  • create and process digital databases to compile geographic information in numerical and graphical formats
  • use geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing for spatial analysis
  • prepare proposed and as-built plans using electronic field data collection and computer graphic methods
  • extract survey and thematic information from remotely sensed imagery
  • use global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to monitor earth orbiting satellites to determine geographic positions.

In the course of their work, geomatics technologists use a wide variety of surveying and computer equipment including electronic distance measuring instruments and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping systems.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Geomatics technologists work alone and in teams with land surveyors, engineers and other technologists. They work indoors compiling and analyzing data, and outdoors conducting surveys in all weather conditions.

Extensive travel may be required, sometimes to remote areas. Some lifting up to 20 kilograms is required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Geomatics technologists need the following characteristics:

  • an aptitude for mathematics
  • the ability to think visually about geometric forms
  • the ability to perceive pertinent detail in objects and drawings
  • good communication skills
  • the observation skills, physical fitness and endurance required for field work.

They should enjoy:

  • working outdoors with equipment and instruments at tasks requiring precision
  • analyzing information and finding innovative solutions to problems
  • taking a methodical approach to their work
  • supervising and co-ordinating the work of others.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

The recommended educational background for geomatics technologists is a two year diploma in geomatics engineering technology. It is possible to learn on the job and take related courses part time but not common.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.


Certification is not required to work in this occupation, but may be an asset when seeking employment. The Alberta Society of Surveying and Mapping Technologies (ASSMT) offers four levels of Certified Survey Technician and Technologist (CST) certification based on education and experience in the surveying and mapping industry. In general, the more related education an applicant has, the fewer the years of experience required for certification.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Certified Engineering Technologist

Under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional technologist in engineering, certified engineering technologists undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspecting, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management and technical sales.


Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • successful completion of an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Engineering technologists who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified engineering technologists in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization above.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) on

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering, geology and geophysics, and they have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.


Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and Professional Technologists Regulation (PDF), you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering, geology or geophysics within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • at least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the applicant's proposed area and scope of practice
  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education or 10 years of experience that matches the proposed scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • proof of compliance with ASET's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • proficiency in English
  • successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

A professional technologist may also transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist by completing a transfer form and paying the associated transfer fee. Transfer forms are provided by the provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Geomatics technologists are employed by:

  • engineering and legal survey firms
  • aerial photographers
  • mapping companies
  • seismic services companies
  • natural resource companies
  • government departments
  • utility companies
  • construction companies
  • survey instrument suppliers.

Geomatics technologists may advance to supervisory positions in which they are responsible for other technologists, or move into data processing, drafting or project management positions. Additional education and training are required to become a Land Surveyor (for more information, see the Land Surveyor Occupational Profile).

Geomatics technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2254: Land Survey Technologists and Technicians. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years. 

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 14, 2016
Land survey technologists and technicians

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $17.50 $95.21 $35.89 $23.00
Overall $19.72 $110.43 $42.92 $32.68
Top $22.00 $142.81 $53.68 $44.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Alberta Society of Surveying and Mapping Technologies (ASSMT) website:

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET website:

Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (GIAC) website:

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Updated Apr 09, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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