Surveyor - Minerals or Waste Management

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A minerals or waste management surveyor uses maps and geographic information systems (GIS) to look for possible mining sites. They plan how to extract resources, such as metal ores, oil, gas and salt, and how to correctly dispose of the related waste products. They are also called mining surveyors.

The Work

You could be:


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 between £26,000 to £46,000 a year. Senior mineral surveyors can earn up to £50,000 a year or more.


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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).

In addition to the above:

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


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Job Outlook Scotland

1.2 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

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

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