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Quantity surveyor

Quantity surveyors oversee construction projects with building suppliers and manage project costs.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £60,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need a degree or professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Degree subjects include surveying, construction, and structural and civil engineering.

You could also start work as a surveying technician or surveying assistant, then study to become a quantity surveyor.

You could also get into this job with an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • budgeting skills
  • excellent IT and maths skills
  • organisational and planning skills

3. What you'll do

You could work for a local authority, government department, building contractor, property company or civil engineering firm.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • working out estimates for materials, time and labour costs
  • negotiating and drawing up contracts
  • forecasting and monitoring stages of construction
  • reporting on finance to clients
  • advising clients on legal and contractual matters
  • resolving disputes on your client's behalf
  • assessing the impact of environmental guidelines
  • keeping records, preparing work schedules and writing reports
  • keeping up to date with construction methods and materials
  • following building regulations

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £45,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 to £60,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You may work evenings or weekends.

You'll spend time in an office and visiting building sites.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into senior project management, supply chain management, consultancy work or self-employment.

You could move into an area like planning, or you specialise in property contract law.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017