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Surveyor - Minerals or Waste Management

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A minerals and waste management surveyor, also called a mining surveyor, use maps and geographic information systems (GIS) to look into possible mining sites, and how resources, such as metal ores, oil, gas and salt, can be extracted as well as ensuring waste products are disposed of responsibly.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Pay rates for mineral surveyors are higher than average. Starting wage could be in the region of £20,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £30,000 to £40,000 a year. Senior mineral surveyors can earn up to £50,000 a year or more.

According to the RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey 2018, the average annual salary for a minerals surveyor is £56,060.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You gain chartered or associate status by following one of the routes approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

There are other factors to consider.

Minerals surveying is a small specialism. There are jobs in local government and in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Other employers include the oil industry and private coal mining and quarrying companies. Many posts are abroad, in countries such as Malaysia, South Africa and Australia. Some jobs now deal with environmental issues, such as waste disposal and landfill.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
4777
1.3 %
RISE
2023
4838
  United Kingdom
2018
60784
3.3 %
RISE
2023
62787

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The RICS publishes a list of accredited degree and postgraduate courses.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland
Tel: 024 7686 8555
E-mail: scotland@rics.org
Website: http://www.rics.org/uk
Twitter: @RICSnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ricssurveyors

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