Surveyors will provide professional advice on construction projects and generally will have responsibility for leading a team to follow their recommendations.
The Role
  • Ensuring projects are completed to schedule
  • Managing budgets
  • Preparing designs from specifications
  • Assessing the condition of existing buildings
  • Identifying potential defects
  • Advising on energy efficiency and environmental impact
  • Working on the conservation of historic structures
  • Managing planning applications
  • Advising on relevant legal requirements and legislation
  • Considering health and safety implications
  • Typically, surveyors work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm.
  • It is uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply but could in exceptional circumstances.
  • Newly trained surveyors can earn in the region of £20,000£25,000
  • Trained with experience surveyors can earn in the region of £25,000£30,000
  • Senior or chartered surveyors can earn in the region of £30,000£45,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal qualifications required for becoming a surveyor; however, you may want to complete GCSEs in Mathematics and English or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals. To pursue a senior position a BSc Honours Degree in surveying, engineering or construction in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require a Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant body. However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered.