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Surveyor jobs

Average annual pay: $61,880

Improvements in surveying technology have increased productivity, reducing demand for surveyors. Jobs are expected to decline by 2% from 2014 to 2024. A surveyor's job is to establish the official boundaries for land, airspace and water.

According to Sumner, surveyors are part "detective, puzzle solver and mind reader."

Surveyors can do work for homeowners, as well as oil companies and any firms that are involved in construction. They can work anywhere in the country, but there's a catch: They have to be licensed in each state where they work.

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Since the industry uses sophisticated technology to gather data, schooling and/or experience is a must to become licensed. Sumner says many surveyors run their own business and can earn $75,000 or more annually. Surveyors also are employed by large surveying companies, construction firms and civil engineering firms.

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