UAV and Aerial Surveyor

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a UAV and Aerial Surveyor

You could be doing anything from protecting the environment by measuring sea ice and the pace of climate change, to mapping out the foundations for the world’s latest architectural masterpiece.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Piloting drones equipped with cameras and LiDAR to collect data.
  • Creating 3D image models to better understand the surveyed environment.
  • Assisting architects with the development of new infrastructure.

Getting in and Qualifications


Students can develop the necessary skills required for the role through a range of educational pathways including higher education and practical work experience.

Useful subjects:

  • Geography
  • Technologies subjects
  • Photography

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.

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For many roles in the sector, a highly-specialised degree will be required. It can also be useful to undertake HNC and HND courses in Geomatics, Surveying and Mapping Science.

Membership of an industry organisation, such as RICS, can also be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry and land a suitable role.