- surveying properties, identifying structural faults and making recommendations for repairs
- assessing damage for insurance purposes, for example following a fire or flooding
- establishing who is responsible for building repair costs
- advising clients on issues such as property boundary disputes
- acting as a client’s supporter or standing as an expert witness during legal proceedings
- checking properties to make sure that they meet building regulations, and fire safety and accessibility standards
- dealing with planning applications and with improvement or conservation grants.
- good problem-solving skills
- excellent STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
- the ability to work to a high degree of accuracy
- the ability to interpret data
- strong communication, negotiation and presentation skills
- the ability to prioritise and plan effectively
- an understanding of the client’s business needs
- a commitment to continuing professional development
- the ability to work as part of a team
- a comprehensive knowledge of building regulations
- an understanding of planning legislation, and health and safety.
Average salary (2013):
The United Kingdom: £23,000 and £38,000 a year
Qualifications and training required:
To qualify as a building surveyor, you will need to complete a degree course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), followed by a period of professional development training. Accredited RICS courses are available in subjects such as:
- civil engineering
- building engineering.
If you have a non-RICS accredited degree, you will need to take a postgraduate course in surveying. You can do this through a company's graduate training scheme, or by studying full-time at a RICS-accredited university. If you are working in engineering or construction, you could take a distance learning postgraduate conversion course with the College of Estate Management (CEM).
If you have an HNC/HND or a foundation degree in surveying or construction, you may be able to start working as a surveying technician and take further qualifications to become a building surveyor. Please see the profile for technical surveyor in the Related careers section.