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If you think surveying is hammering pegs into the ground, think again!

Career opportunities have grown dramatically in recent years. The term Spatial Sciences covers many exciting choices, from mapping oceans to high-tech remote sensing.

A career in the Spatial Sciences lets you:

  • work outdoors, in an office, or both,
  • in the city, in the country,
  • in Australia or overseas,
  • in your own consultancy,
  • in small or large private firms, or
  • in government departments.

Surveying is concerned with the measurement, management, analysis and display of spatial information describing the Earth, its physical features and the built environment.

Spatial science degrees score very high graduate employment rates in the Federal Government’s national employment survey. The 1999 Graduate Destination Survey lists surveying fourth behind medicine, pharmacy and veterinary science, with 94.3% of graduates in full time employment four months after graduation.

The report revealed some disciplines were "a springboard to a near-guaranteed first job":

"The news is great for medics, pharmacists, vets, surveyors, nurses, dentists, lawyers and engineers."

The good news is consistent: since 1994, surveys show between 85-90 percent of spatial science graduates gained full time employment within 4 months of graduation, making the profession one of the top ten employers.

Check out what some graduates have to say about their new career experiences, career snapshots>

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