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          Helping you find a career in the building surveyor industry

          Building surveyors play an an important and specific role in construction work as well as the development of properties. They'll work on everything from multi-million-pound budget projects to simple moderations.

          If this piques your interest, read on to discover how to become a building surveyor.

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          • FAQs
          What does a Building surveyor do?

          As a graduate building surveyor, you'll be tasked with offering expert advice on property and construction work. You'll need to develop a solid understanding of how a building is designed and constructed. You'll also need to be an excellent problem-solver.

          A typical building surveyor job description will include the below responsibilities:

          • Ensure projects stick to their allocated budget
          • Keep projects on schedule
          • Prepare costings and programmes for a design scheme's project completion plan
          • Identify an existing building's condition and determine areas that will require attention and development
          • Advise on legal considerations
          • Recognise and apply ways to keep energy efficient and environmentally-friendly
          • Work sustainably
          • Consider the needs of people with disabilities
          • Consider the building's health & safety aspects
          • Deal with planning applications
          • Visit sites to instruct on the construction design and oversee that regulations are adhered to
          • Support management and supervision staff on projects
          • Deal with insurance assessments and claims
          How much does a Building surveyor get paid?

          Graduate building surveyor jobs typically offer a salary in the region of £22,000 to £26,000. After a few years of experience, the standard building surveyor salary is around £28,000 to £50,000.

          A chartered surveyor salary tends to be paid 15 per cent more than a non-chartered surveyor, at around £70,000 per annum. So don't shy away from that extra training! Partners and Directors can earn a salary even greater than this, often reaching up to six figures.

          What qualifications does a Building surveyor need?

          In order to apply for building surveyor jobs, you'll need to gain some qualifications first and then consider how to become a chartered surveyor.

          You can complete a degree in a variety of property and construction subjects (such as economics, geography, mathematics or urban and land studies) but you'll get the greatest value out of courses that have been accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Otherwise, look to complete a Masters degree that is accredited.

          Both of the above options will allow you to carry out the further training and qualifications required to achieve a fully-qualified surveyor status. You'll complete this during the first two to three years of working on-the-job.