Question: Who is a land surveyor?
Answer: A land surveyor is someone who surveys land for boundary demarcation and gives the title document. He is the first man to work on a bare land.
Question: What does it take to become a land surveyor?
Answer: At the secondary school level, you need to be a science student and offer courses like mathematics, English, physics, geography, and further mathematics. You have to have at least a credit pass in them in the SSCE or NECO. Different universities have their individual cut-off point. Also, you have to pass the newly-introduced post-JAMB examination organized by the higher institution of your choice.
Question: How many years are needed to study surveying in a polytechnic or university?
Answer: There are basically 5 years of study or both the university and the polytechnic. As for the university, you will be awarded a B.Sc. degree while for the polytechnic it is divided into 2 parts; after the completion of the first two years, you will be awarded OND [Ordinary National Diploma], after which you have to go for one year of IT [Industrial training or attachment]. After this, you are required to come back for another 2 years for your HND [Higher national diploma].
Question: After graduation what next?
Answer: After graduation, one will have to undergo a mandatory one year of youth service [NYSC]. It is also important that you process your registration with SURCON [Surveyors Council of Nigeria].
Question: What further education path can be taken as a land surveyor?
Answer: A Masters degree can be pursued and followed up with a Doctorate degree and later become a professor if your choice is the academics. You can also enroll for the various professional examinations to boost your qualification.
Question: What career opportunities are there for a surveyor?
Answer: There are countless opportunities for a surveyor particularly with the advent of the GIS Geographical Information System. Such opportunities include working as a lecturer, working in the oil companies for seismic surveys, construction companies for leveling and earthworks, government agencies for diversified operations in cadastral. You can also go into private practice as a land speculator.
Question: What is your advice for the young ones?
Answer: Sincerity [especially to clients], patience and eagerness to learn are key qualities that anybody who intends to become a surveyor should have. Don’t expect success in a day, but put your trust in Allaah and be prayerful in all circumstances.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited