Land surveyors measure and map property and land for clients. They also inspect marine vessels to ensure they meet safety and operations standards, and conduct investigations into accidents or other maritime incidents. Land surveyors usually need credentials indicating they’ve completed training, gained relevant work experience, and have a state surveying license.
Building surveyors advise on the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of properties and buildings to ensure a project is completed according to applicable laws and regulations. They are usually employed by construction or engineering companies or private surveying firms. Building surveyors typically complete a four-year degree, gain relevant work experience, and have a state surveying license. They receive specialized training on building codes, construction methods, materials, and energy efficiency.
Marine surveyors inspect and evaluate the condition of ships, boats, and other marine vessels. Marine surveyors complete a four-year degree in marine surveying, naval architecture, marine engineering, or related fields. They need accreditation from organizations, like the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) or the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS). These certifications validate marine expertise and demonstrate adherence to industry standards and best practices.