Research Outline

Market and Labor Analysis: Licensed Land Surveyors - United States


To have a market and labor analysis on licensed land surveyors in the continental United States. An ideal response would include
  • The market size and growth in the United States.
  • Demographics of licensed land surveyors in the United States.
  • Any market trends.

Early Findings

Data Availability

  • The initial round of research indicates that publicly available information surrounding licensed land surveyors in the continental United States is readily available. This includes the cohort itself, along with industry and market data.


  • According to Zippia, the most common ethnicity among registered land surveyors is White. This race comprises 85.6% of all registered land surveyors. The next closest ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino at 5.5%, followed by Black or African American ethnicity at 3.3% and Asians at 2.3%.
  • When digging into education, a bachelor's degree is the most common educational level for registered land surveyors with over a third of them [36%] earning that degree. Coming in second is an associate's degree with 32%. A certificate degree is held by 24% of them, and only 4% simply have a high school diploma.
  • In 2018 [the most recent demographic data], 71.56% of registered land surveyors were male, and 28.44% were female. Compare that to a decade earlier, where men made up 75.21% and women represented 24.79%.
  • In 2010, the unemployment rate of registered land surveyors was sitting at 5.4%. In 2018, it was just 2.2%.
  • The average registered land surveyor is committed to their career, with 42% of them staying at their job for more than 11 years.
  • Generation X and older Millennials [over 40 years of age] represent the average age of registered land surveyors, as they represent 61% of the people in this job. Registered land surveyors between the ages of 30-40 years represent 22% and those between the ages of 20-13 make up 17%.
  • When breaking down how much each registered land surveyor, on average, makes by gender, men make $41,077, while women only make $38,766.
  • Companies that have between 100 – 500 employees typically hire 44% of registered land surveyors, while those companies that have between 50-100 employees hire 11%.
  • Eighty-nine percent of all registered land surveyors work at a private company.

Industry Analysis

  • According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation are Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services, Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals, State Government, excluding schools and hospitals, Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction, and Nonresidential Building Construction.
  • The top paying industries for this occupation are Natural Gas Distribution, Federal Executive Branch, Oil and Gas Extraction, Legal Services, and State Government, excluding schools and hospitals.
  • Florida is ranked third among states with the highest employment level in this occupation. Only Texas and California are ranked above them.

Market Size

Summary Of Our Early Findings Relevant To The Goals

  • Our initial hour of research focused on ensuring that the research question could be answered using publicly available sources and then providing salient and relevant data surrounding the demographics of licensed land surveyors in the United States, as well as some data surrounding the industry, and the market size and historical growth. Many of the market sizing reports are paywalled [which of course, we cannot access] but we did find an Ibis World source that had public information available for the United States, which we shared in the early findings.
  • As we only have one hour for the initial research, we could not answer all the research questions, but with additional research, we can provide more data, if desired.
  • It is of note that the engagement details were at odds with the chat transcript. The chat itself specifically stated to focus on the continental US, which we did. The engagement details indicated that Florida was of interest, as well as the other 49 states. The market size for each individual state will not be publicly available, however, we can, should further research be desired, provide the states with the highest employment level for surveyors, as well as the states with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients for Surveyors. We will offer this as a suggested scoping.
  • As a reminder, Wonder only uses publicly available sources to answer all research questions. We do not do primary research, and we do not have access to paid databases or paywalled reports, but we can cite them in research for reference only [in case purchase is desired]. If that is of interest, that would clearly have to be communicated to us in any reply.
  • It is of note that while the initial hour of research does not allow us to embed graphics and other visuals, we can certainly do that for any subsequent research projects that are selected. This will enable us to provide visual examples/graphs/charts to add color and depth to the research.
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Prepared By
Gail P.
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