Mas­ter of all he sur­veys

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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.

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