Infrastructure surveyors can work in a wide range of sub-sectors. The specialism combines project management with cost management to meet the needs of global requirements of infrastructure projects.

Practice Area Infrastructure
Introduction Infrastructure surveyors can work in transport, energy, petrochemicals, oil and gas, mining and water industries.
What skills are required?
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication and client skills
  • Planning and organisation
  • Ability to understand and manage complex projects
  • Excellent maths and IT skills
  • Technical/engineering skills
What qualifications are required?

Many employers will look for a RICS accredited degree, although engineering subjects are also sought after.

Many surveyors work towards chartered status with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and or chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Building.

What is it like in practice?

Infrastructure surveyors can become specialists in a particular industry or develop specialism in particular geographical area. Work is often around delivering global projects and employers include private practice, developers, utility companies, international construction companies, regeneration projects and government organisations.

Specialisms include:

  • Materials science
  • Cost planning
  • Cost analysis
  • Procurement
  • Tendering
  • Cost control
  • Procurement
  • Time control.
Work Environment Your time will be split between working on site and working from an office, which may be in temporary premises on the site or may be a client’s office
Employment opportunities

There are some graduate opportunities in this area and potential backgrounds include science technology, maths and engineering degree subjects, as well as quantity surveying and construction routes.

There are also degree apprenticeships in various surveying options which may be relevant.

More information

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Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using science, technology and design in sectors such as transport, energy, petrochemicals, and water
  • Managing complex projects

See more skills used by infrastructure surveyors:

  • Using different types of data including verbal, numerical and perceptual skills to interpret maps, charts and diagrams
  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data
  • Researching and explaining data
  • Doing deals and making transactions
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • People management and leadership