Quantity surveyors manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures.
|Practice Area||Quantity Surveying|
|What skills are required?||
|What qualifications are required?||An RICS accredited degree in quantity surveying may be required. Most quantity surveyors will work towards professional membership of the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and /or the Chartered Institute of Building.|
|What is it like in practice?||
Quantity surveyors are employed by a wide range of firms of all sizes. The major employers are contractors, who are responsible for the build budget, and consultancies who work for the client who has commissioned the project, managing aspects such as design, tenders and contracts.
Global opportunities exist for quantity surveyors, particularly those with several years post qualification experience or specialist industry experience.
|Work Environment||If you work for a contractor, you will usually be based on site. If you work for a consultancy, you will be more office based. Quantity surveyors can cover large geographical areas and so a driving licence is usually requited.|
Firms often advertise for graduate with a quantity surveying degree, although trainee roles and non-cognate roles are also available.
There are also degree apprenticeships in quantity surveying available.
|Relevant UCEM programmes|
You might like this role if you enjoy:
- Using numbers and IT systems to manage finance and budgets
- Project management
See more skills used by quantity surveyors:
- Working with different people such as clients and specialists
- Managing people and leadership
- Creativity and problem solving
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