Career Focus: Work as a Surveyor

When it comes to describing the role played by surveyors, it’s probably quicker to list all the things they don’t do, rather than all the things they actually do.

This is because there are so many different breeds of surveyor – including land, property, building, chartered and quantity surveyors.

Each surveying role entails more responsibilities than you might think at first. For example, building surveyors will work across more than just residential projects – they are also turned to for their sage advice and wisdom on agricultural, industrial and commercial property.

A life in bricks and mortar

When it comes to designing and developing new homes for sale and carrying out property valuations, surveyors will take an active role in that. On the flipside they also play a part in restoring and maintaining older properties, so they have a role in the entire lifecycle of buildings.

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It’s important for anybody who works as a surveyor to have a solid foundation knowledge regarding properties, home design and construction; it’s not uncommon for people with previous relevant experience like architects, builders or structural engineers to lay the groundwork for a surveying career.

What surveyors do

Typical tasks carried out by people in this profession include:

  • Knocking together building plans if you’re interested in sprucing up your property
  • Creating HomeBuyer Reports summarising a property’s condition
  • Building surveys that offer a more detailed evaluation about creakier properties
  • Ensuring any work you do plays along with planning laws and building regulations

The last point is particularly noteworthy because falling foul of the dreaded planning and construction regulations can be far more trouble than it’s worth, meaning hiring a building or property expert can be much more cost-effective in the long run!

Why building surveyors are important

Surveyors are a key part of the property & real estate sector because they've spent years acquiring all the knowledge and knowhow that we ordinary folk wouldn't have a clue about, so without them all our homes would be falling down around us.

Career Focus: Work as a Surveyor

They’re also more qualified to speak with other experts in the construction sector, like engineers and architects, about the technical nuts and bolts aspects of building sturdy structures.

Degrees relevant to working as a surveyor

Have you got what it takes to work in the property & real estate industry and take responsibility for sticking a roof over all our heads, or take a leading role in making mega money construction projects a reality?

If you think you have but aren't sure whether you’re doing the right university course, you’ll be chuffed to know that this is a career open to qualified candidates from any degree background.

For example, while a degree in building surveying, quantity surveying and architectural technology will certainly provide a good springboard into a lively career as a superstar surveyor, related subjects like engineering, maths, science and economics will also give you a great foundation to build on.

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While any degree is welcomed with open arms in this field, to become chartered and give yourself the best chance of making it to the industry’s peak you’ll need to gain a qualification accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Accredited postgraduate degrees and work experience

If you graduate with an unaccredited degree, all’s not lost! You can complete a postgraduate degree that’s recognised by RICS, which can also be completed while on an employer’s training scheme.

To find out whether this is an industry you’re interested in being a part of, you can undertake relevant work experience that will give you a good idea about whether it’s a good home for you.

You could become involved in a placement year, internship or insight scheme with major companies like Cushman & Wakefield, Savills and BP, whereby you could work as a building surveyor or assistant surveyor.

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