Quantity Surveyor

Quantity surveyors oversee construction projects, managing risks and controlling costs.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • understand what the client wants: figure out if their plans are possible
  • calculate amounts and costs: work out how much stuff is needed and how long it will take for bids
  • talk about contracts and schedules: agree on the terms and when the work will happen
  • give advice on laws and problems: help with legal stuff and any issues that come up
  • watch over other workers and construction steps: make sure everything is going as planned
  • tell about costs and prepare bills: report on how much things cost and get ready to be paid
  • keep learning about construction: stay updated on new ways of building and materials
  • follow safety and building rules: make sure everything is done safely and follow the rules

Skills and knowledge

  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Qualifications 

You could do a quantity surveying degree or a postgraduate conversion course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Useful degree subjects include construction, structural or civil engineering, maths, geography, economics, land studies. 

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