Master of all he surveys
THE travel and being involved in one of the oldest professions in the world is what surveyor Joe D’aloia, 46, finds the most attractive about his career choice. As Fyfe Earth Partners’ Cooper Basin survey manager, he has spent about 10 years working in the area, where adventures include travelling across the remote landscape and working in a helicopter. He also surveys new roads and other infrastructure in Adelaide.
‘‘The main thing is the different type of work in different locations. Every day gives a different challenge, different locations, especially in a remote area,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s taken me around this state, around this country and a few times around the world.’’ Surveying SA reports a widening gap between the supply and demand for surveyors due to increased mining activity, residential development and too few studying in the field. Surveying graduates earn above the average starting salary of between $50,000 and $55,000. Surveyors in managerial roles can earn between $150,000 and $200,000.