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Surveyor jobs to grow faster than average
Median annual pay: $54,880
Even though the tough economy has hurt the surveying industry, this profession is expected to grow at a rate of 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS. 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 to oil companies and any firms that are engaged 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.
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, although the BLS put the median wage at $54,880 per year, or $26.39 per hour, in 2010. Surveyors also are employed by large surveying companies, construction firms and civil engineering firms.