Technical surveyor

Technical surveyors carry out tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

Potential salary
£18,000 to £32,000
Working hours
45 to 47 a week
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of geography
  • analytical thinking skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • draughting plans using CAD software
  • estimating and drawing up project costs
  • gathering and analysing data for plans and reports
  • assisting with environmental impact assessments
  • surveying buildings or mapping land use
  • valuing land, property and machinery
  • organising the sale of assets by auction
  • supervising construction operatives on site
  • scheduling workloads and monitoring the progress of projects

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could become a self-employed consultant, or go into partnership with a chartered surveyor.

You could move into a managerial role, or a related job like town planner or wayleave officer, where you'll negotiate land purchase and access arrangements for utility companies.

You can find out more about surveying careers and training from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Data from National Careers Service.
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