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Levelling out the surveying field.
Rebecca holding and standing next to surveying equipment, smiling into the camera.

Surveying is traditionally a man’s domain, but more and more women like University of Southern Queensland student Rebecca Johnston are looking to forge a career in the industry.

Miss Johnston moved from her Pottsville home in New South Wales to Brisbane this year to start her Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Surveying) at Springfield.

Rebecca is already making a name for herself in the industry having landed a job as an assistant surveyor during her first semester at university.

Surveying offers a large range of career options to choose from, with hydrological surveying my personal favourite.”

Miss Johnston first started thinking about a field-based career when she spent a year travelling around Europe on her own and what appealed to her most was the mixture of fieldwork and indoor work.

“I thought about careers in geology, oceanography and environmental science, but surveying allows you to enjoy the outdoors one day and go to the office the next to draw up what you calculated the day before.

“There is also a high demand for new surveyors and the career is continuously developing as new technology becomes available.”

The University of Southern Queensland has the largest number of surveying and spatial science students in Australia with more than 700 students in 2021. Students get to learn with the latest technology, including modern satellite-based Global Navigation Satellite Systems and computer mapping technologies.

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