Surveyors will provide professional advice on construction projects and generally will have responsibility for leading a team to follow their recommendations.
- 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
Qualifications & TrainingThere 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.