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Land Examiners

Land Examiners - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, surveyors:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work closely with technicians and assistants.
  • Are responsible for the work outcomes and results of survey parties.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of survey parties.
  • Communicate with coworkers daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person.
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  • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations.
  • Write letters and memos on a daily to weekly basis.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outdoors.
  • Often wear safety attire, such as hard hats.
  • Sometimes are exposed to hazardous equipment.
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  • Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable when operating equipment.
  • Work in a vehicle when traveling to sites.
  • Work somewhat close to other people, such as when sharing office space.
  • Sometimes must work in very bright or very dim lighting.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure their work is exact so that legal descriptions are accurate. Errors can be costly.
  • Must repeat the same physical activities.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that affect those in the surveying party. They consult supervisors for some decisions, but make most without consulting with a supervisor.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before setting tasks and goals for the day.
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  • Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis. This may make the work atmosphere somewhat competitive.


  • Usually work 40 hours a week. They may work longer hours during the summer, when weather and light conditions are best for fieldwork.
  • May commute long distances and stay overnight.
  • May temporarily relocate near a survey site.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.