Working as a Surveyor in Australia


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There has never been a better time to be a surveyor in Australia!

Rapid growth in job openings (5,001 and 10,000 over the 5 years to 2020) is predicted. According to The Good Education Group, which publishes The Good Careers Guide, surveying has the fourth highest average starting salary at $60,049 compared with the national average of $52,840.

Graduate surveyors are also among the most likely to be employed straight out of university, with the third-highest employment rate at 78%. STEM graduates are in high demand because they have specialised and transferable skills and there are fewer people entering these fields (science, maths, engineering and technology).

Surveyors in Australia work mostly in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction. They work full-time (on average 43.1 hours per week) and their average earnings are around $1,562 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230).

Earnings tend to be higher as experience grows. The average age is 40 years and around 8 in 10 workers are male. In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

The good news is, this occupation is listed on the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) so it is possible to apply for any of the visas in the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program.

Visas in this category include the Skilled Independent 189, the Skilled Nominated 190, the Skilled Regional Nominated 489 or the Skilled Regional Sponsored 489 visas.

In addition, there is also the opportunity of applying for a number of employer-sponsored visas if you have a firm offer of employment.

Surveyor is on the State Sponsorship List for one or more Australian States/Territories. You may qualify for a lower required pass mark in your points based work visa assessment and for priority processing to fast-track your work visa application.

Last Updated: January 2022

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