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Technical surveyors carry out tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £32,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need an HNC, HND or foundation degree in construction, surveying or civil engineering.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship degree.

The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) offers annual surveying apprenticeships with ongoing support for suitable applicants.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has more details on careers in surveying, including their own apprenticeships.

2. Skills required

You’ll need: 

  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • maths skills
  • IT skills, especially for computer-aided design (CAD) work
  • communication and negotiation skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • draughting plans using CAD software
  • estimating and drawing up project costs
  • gathering and analysing data for plans and reports
  • assisting with environmental impact assessments
  • surveying buildings or mapping land use
  • valuing land, property and machinery
  • organising the sale of assets by auction
  • supervising construction operatives on site
  • scheduling workloads and monitoring the progress of projects

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £23,000 to £28,000

Highly Experienced: £32,000 or more (senior roles)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Early starts, late finishes and weekend work can be common, depending on the project.

Your time will be split between office and on-site work.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a self-employed consultant, or go into partnership with a chartered surveyor.

You could move into a managerial role, or a related job like town planner or wayleave officer, where you'll negotiate land purchase and access arrangements for utility companies.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018