Hydrographic surveyors measure and map the world’s underwater surfaces and study the construction of the seabed.
- Newly trained hydrographic surveyors can earn in the region of £16,000 - £22,000
- Trained with experience hydrographic surveyors can earn in the region of £22,000 - £44,000
- Senior, chartered or master hydrographic surveyors can earn in the region of £44,000 - £50,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
Most people complete a degree in surveying accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). When considering which degree to choose, subjects such as hydrographic surveying, marine sciences, civil engineering and land surveying may be useful.
To get onto a degree course, you typically need at least four GCSEs (grades A to C) or equivalent, and two A-levels (or equivalent such as Scottish Highers or the Welsh Baccalaureate). Maths and IT skills are essential. If you have a degree in another subject like geography, you could do a post graduate course in hydrographic surveying or geomatics.
Some people also enter the profession through a military career, especially through the Royal Navy.
If you want to become chartered, you need to complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence, which requires two years of on the job training. There is also an NVQ Level 4 in Spatial Data Management available.
To work offshore you must pass a medical examination every 2 years. You must also pass an offshore survival course such as the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training Certificate (BOSIET).