Planimeter Operator

Trace boundary lines of land plots on aerial photographs.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $55,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Planimeter Operators do?

Traces boundary lines of land plots on aerial photographs to determine acreage, using planimeter: Centers tracer point of planimeter arm on plot to be measured and places pivot arm at right angle to tracer point. Moves tracer point to starting point on photograph according to shape of area to be measured and traces boundary until point of beginning is reached. Records figures shown on dial and measuring wheels of planimeter at beginning and ending of tracing and subtracts figures from each other to determine acreage.


Should I be a Planimeter Operator?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Product Operations Associate, Traffic Enumerator

    How to become a Planimeter Operator

    Most Planimeter Operators have a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:cgq9za&chl=no+college+%282%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29|associate%27s+%2812%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2844%25%29|master%27s+%2818%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,2,44
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