Search for four-year bachelor’s degree training programs in surveying. Look for programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and offer special instruction in marine surveying. Also, consider other related areas of study, such as hydrogeology, geophysics or geography, according to DegreeFinders.com. Plan to eventually pursue a master’s degree or even a doctoral degree in one of these academic areas. Surveyors typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to be competitive in the job market, but most employers prefer marine surveyors who have an advanced degree in the field.