Survey Technician (Land Surveying crew)
Sorry if this makes very little sense, I'm a wee bit tired from work and it was a long day. so I'll apologize in advance if this post seems cluttered or chaotic.
So I've been looking into moving away from the mainland U.S. for almost two years now and I have a few prospects in mind, Foremost on my list of course is the US Virgin Islands. I've spent a lot of time researching what I'll need in order to accommodate myself once I get there, but I need some help with some work related questions. If possible, I'm interested in continuing my career in Land Surveying. But I have very little knowledge in regards to how "in demand" in my skills are.
Unfortunately, due to the great economic situation that has affected the states over the last several years I've been forced to find other means of supporting myself. I have almost 10 years of experience under my belt in various areas.
So, onto my question (s).
-- Is there anyone who has experience on these boards with my career field,
-- What is the current job market for someone in my field.
-- What is the current rate of pay on the islands.
I understand that its entirely possible that no one here knows these answers but I figure this is the best place to start my Job related questions.
Best advice I can offer is to contact local land surveyors directly. If you go to "surveyors" in the yellow pages of the local telephone directory you'll find listings:
The best advice I can give is don't come here unless you have a contract with an employer. Once you get here they can do with you as they please and leave you holding the tab for your move.
Read this message board thoroughly covering all subjects BEFORE you decide to come here. It's not what you think. Start with this thread.
You can also contact Ed Gibney in STJ.
He's a surveyor on that island.
Brian Mosely and Associates is pretty well known here on STT.
There are other surveyor businesses as well as independent surveyors.
May help to decide which island, you're leaning towards living
and then explore the work situations available there. Good luck.