Environmental Surveying

Environmental surveyors provide expertise across projects in real estate, land and construction.

Practice Area Environmental Surveying
Introduction They assess the environmental challenges faced by developers, landowners and investors. Key areas include environmental management, land use and contaminated land and environmental auditing.
What skills are required?
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with clients and other professionals.
  • Report writing
  • Commercial awareness
  • Client focused
  • Project management
  • Problem solving
  • Technical skills and mind set
What qualifications are required? Environmental surveyors usually gain their experience in general practice work including residential, commercial and rural areas. Employers may require a RICS accredited degree, or if you have a non-cognate degree, you could undertake a RICS accredited postgraduate degree. Surveyors can work towards Chartered or Associate Membership of the RICS.
What is it like in practice? Environmental surveyors offer expert services to clients who include developers, construction firms, local authorities and utility companies. The nature of the work means that each project will be unique, requiring creative solutions within a regulatory framework. Projects require understanding and consideration of many factors, balancing commercial needs with environmental risk management throughout construction and maintainance.
Work Environment A combination of office and site work, often in rural or challenging environments. Your role will include meetings with clients and other professionals, research and may include expert witness work in court.
Employment opportunities

There is demand and opportunity for qualified environmental professionals due to a high media profile, coupled with demands on natural resources worldwide. Employers are often specialist niche consultancies, but can include public and private sector bodies.

Specialists in this area may have come from a wide range of backgrounds, including surveying and environmental roles.

Graduates with a non-cognate or unrelated degree can study a RICS accredited degree at post graduate level. There are also relevant BSc degree courses available.

Degree apprenticeships in relevant areas may also be available.

More information Visit RICS (opens new window)
Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc Real Estate Management

MSc Real Estate

MBA Construction and Real Estate

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using science, technology and design to assess environmental factors and impact
  • Using practical skills or technical skills or equipment to gather and assess data
  • Working with different people and teams such as clients, contractors and specialists

See more skills used by environmental surveyors:

  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data
  • Researching and explaining data
  • Using verbal and written communication skills
  • Using perceptual skills such as maps, charts and diagrams
  • Creativity and problem solving

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