Job prospects Land Surveyor in Ontario

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "land surveyor" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be good for Land surveyors (NOC 21203) in Ontario for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • The majority are employed in architectural, engineering and related services
  • Construction

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Demand mostly driven by investments in public infrastructure, residential expansion, land development and revitalization
  • Large investments planned and being undertaken in health care and educational facilities
  • Significant public-sector funding for transit infrastructure projects
  • Population growth, which is resulting in high levels of new residential construction in various areas of the province

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Professional land surveying includes different specializations, and the category ‘Cadastral Surveying’ (legal boundary) is associated with the land surveyor occupation
  • Cadastral surveying is regulated by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) and only licensed members can use the title “Ontario Land Surveyor” and carry out cadastral surveys in Ontario
  • A person who is not licensed may perform work within the practice of cadastral surveys but under the direction, and supervision of a licensed member.

Here are some key facts about Land surveyors in Ontario:

  • Approximately 2,000 people worked in this occupation in May 2021.
  • Land surveyors mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 72%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 16%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 92% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 8% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 66% of land surveyors work all year, while 34% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 44 weeks compared to 43 weeks for all occupations.
  • 10% of land surveyors are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 93% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 7% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 14% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 37% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 37% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 7% compared to 13% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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