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Job Description

Quantity Surveyors have a key role to play in any building project. They oversee everything from the early designs to the final completion of the project, above all they are concerned with doing the best possible job at the best possible price. Quantity Surveyors will mostly work in private practices, for local authority or for a contractor.

Entry Requirements

You'll need a degree or professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This can be a quantity surveying degree or a postgraduate conversion course from any degree. Useful subjects are construction, structural or civil engineering, mathematics, geography, economics or land studies.

You could also start work as a junior or trainee quantity surveyor, a surveying technician or surveying assistant, then study to become a quantity surveyor.

You could also get into this job with an apprenticeship.

You’ll need to be a member of RICS (MRICS) to become a fully qualified chartered surveyor. For this you’ll need to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a senior quantity surveyor or move into senior project management, supply chain management, consultancy work or self-employment.

You could specialise in areas like planning, risk assessment or contract disputes.

Another option is to move into lecturing at a university or college.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Estimator
  • Building services engineer
  • Building surveyor
  • Civil engineering technician
  • Technical surveyor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A good knowledge of construction methods and materials
  • Excellent IT and maths skills
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills 
  • A clear understanding of building regulations

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £80,000

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