What is Surveying?

Surveying involves measuring, valuing, protecting and enhancing physical assets – from homes, shopping centres, skyscrapers to football stadiums.


  • Surveyor
  • Hydrographic surveyor
  • Land/geomatics surveyor
  • Minerals surveyor
  • Quantity surveyor

What skills do you need to work as a surveyor?

  • Ability to read architectural drawings
  • Excellent numerical and IT skills
  • Organised and methodical
  • Good negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

In what sectors do surveyors work?

Surveyors work in private practice, for central or local government or for a contractor. A surveyor may specialise in one of seventeen areas. These seventeen areas are split across three groups: Construction, Land and Property

Typical work activities

  • Providing valuations and cost reports
  • Providing advice on designs and constructions
  • Submitting tenders for contracts
  • Managing materials procurement
  • Negotiating contracts and claims
  • Managing a team of contractors

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