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Chartered surveying

Sector Overview

What do they do?

Chartered surveyors may offer mortgage valuations, homebuyer's survey and valuations, full building surveys, building surveyors' services, quantity surveying, land surveying, auctioneering, estate management and other forms of survey- and building-related advice.

Where do they work?

Building surveying is required in a variety of real estate markets, including residential, commercial, leisure, agricultural and industrial.

As a chartered building surveyor, you could work in the private, corporate, public or voluntary sectors. Typical employers include:

What is the work like?

Growth Areas

Sustainability and environmental impact have become a big issue in the construction and property industry making careers in this sector more attractive to students studying Sustainable Development and the Environment. Chartered surveyors are involved in projects such as making ancient buildings more energy efficient and lowering the carbon footprint of new developments.


There are 17 defined specialisms within chartered surveying.  Surveying, however, can be broadly divided into three main sectors:

The 2017 Surveying Careers Guide, produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), will help you understand the wide variety of opportunities available in this sector.


Chartered Surveyor attributes/skills profile

Key attributes/skills needed for the roleWhere you could develop these skills or attributes while at university
Analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to produce accurate facts, figures and reports Through academic studies and relevant work experience. Practical problem solving skills are particularly valued.
Demonstrable interest in business, and commercial awareness

Keep up-to-date with business and sector news.

Join the main professional body RICS, they have free student membership. Follow hashtags such as #surveythefuture on Twitter.
Excellent inter-personal and customer service skills Mainly through working in a customer service environment but could include roles such as university ambassador or working for a university unit.
Ability to achieve targets Achieving academic deadlines and through work experience.
Willingness to study for further qualifications in your own time Evidence of taking on extra responsibilities and learning outside or in addition to academic curriculum e.g. CAPOD courses (see below).
Strong communication & interpersonal skills

Many of these skills you will develop through your academic studies and extra- curricular activities.

CAPOD offers courses on these kinds of skills regularly within its Professional Skills Curriculum.
Ability to organise time and work methodically whilst paying attention to detail
Leadership qualities and effective team working skills
IT skills Using the  University’s subscription to the Microsoft IT Academy can help to develop your skills with programmes such as Excel.


Networks - why and how to use them

Why are networks important?

Where alumni work now

Your networks

There are several ways to make contact with alumni.


How to gain experience/internships


How to get a (graduate) job


Applications, interviews and assessment centres


Relevant postgraduate study

Read the RICS 2017 Surveying Careers Guide for a directory of companies and universities where you can gain a qualification in surveying.


Key Links and Resources

Careers Centre resources


Use CareerConnect, your central careers hub, to:



General property careers information

Professional Bodies, Trade Organisations & Journals/Magazines