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General practice surveyor

General practice surveyors are involved in the management, valuation, buying, selling and development of land and property.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You could qualify by completing an accredited degree followed by professional development. Relevant degree subjects include surveying, estate management, building and construction. If your degree is not in a relevant subject, you could take a postgraduate conversion course.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and University College of Estate Management have details of accredited courses.

You could also start as a trainee surveyor and then study for more qualifications on the job.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • excellent negotiating skills
  • analytical skills
  • commercial awareness

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • negotiating deals for buying, selling and renting property
  • acting as an agent, buying and selling property and land on behalf of clients
  • assessing the environmental impact and economic viability of a development
  • valuing land and property
  • compiling reports for the valuation for mortgages, rent reviews and investment potential advising on property values, land purchase, tenure issues and related legislation

You could specialise in:

  • development – working with professionals like town planners, architects, and highways and structural engineers to consider new developments and their financial implications
  • management – managing property on behalf of a landlord, collecting rents, dealing with maintenance and repair and making sure tenancy agreements are followed
  • investment – advising clients on buying and selling individual investments or managing large property portfolios
  • Valuation Office Agency work – valuing property on behalf of the government, local authorities and public bodies for business rates, capital taxation, purchase and sale

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £45,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

In the public sector you’ll usually work around 40 hours a week. In the private sector you’ll need to work extra hours, including weekends, to meet deadlines, visit sites or meet with clients. 

You’ll work in an office and on site, which may involve being outside in all weather conditions. You’ll spend time visiting clients and may sometimes need to stay away from home.

6. Career path and progression

You could move into a specialist area like auctioning land, property or plant and machinery, or the valuation and auctioning of fine arts and antiques.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016