A building surveyor examines the structure of buildings (newly built, historic, recently damaged, being renovated or up for sale) to assess their condition and to identify any faults. They work on a range of projects, such as residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
You could be:
examining buildings to check for structural damage or other defects
assessing buildings which have suffered vandalism, fire or storm damage
preparing building plans and proposed designs
estimating the costs involved and preparing tenders
advising on the suitability of a particular building for a particular purpose
advising on aspects such as building regulations, health and safety, energy efficiency and environmental impact
dealing with planning applications, grant requests and property disputes, for example boundaries
managing construction projects
giving evidence in court for clients or as an expert witness.
Some surveyors specialise in local authority building control, which involves administering improvement grants and checking that building work is completed to a satisfactory standard. See Building Standards Surveyor.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting wage for a graduate is around £22,000 to £26,000 a year. With experience this can range between £28,000 and £50,000 a year. Senior or head surveyors can earn up to £70,000 a year or more.
You would work from an office, but would travel to different buildings and construction sites.
You must wear a hard hat and other safety gear while on site.
You may have to work at heights and even under floors.
be decisive and assertive - willing to make unpopular decisions
work in a team and manage people
work to deadlines.
Once you have completed an accredited degree you would find employment as a trainee surveyor.
To qualify as a chartered surveyor you would complete your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) which is 24 months of structured training, consisting of on the job learning and assessment. This leads to RICS membership and the status of chartered surveyor.
Chartered Surveyors have to complete 20 hours continued professional development (CPD) every year.
Promotion chances are better in larger organisations.
You might progress to become a project manager.
You could become self-employed.
You may be able to work abroad.
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