Surveyor - Planning and Development

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A planning and development surveyor advises on residential, industrial and transport development projects involving land, buildings or roads. Their responsibilities include measurement, valuation, planning, supervision and raising finance.

The Work

You could be:


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

Starting salaries for planning and development surveyors could be in the region of £20,000 to £25,000 a year, rising to around £40,000 with experience. Senior surveyors may earn up to £60,000 a year, sometimes 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:

Most planning and development surveyors specialise in either planning (deciding on the overall use of an area) or development (overseeing the construction of new buildings on the site). Planning is mostly done in the public sector; development in the private sector. Look for jobs with surveying or insurance companies or with the property sections of private industry, as well as with the Civil Service and local authorities. Employment opportunities in the public sector generally fluctuate less than in the private sector.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland


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Job Outlook Scotland

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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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