- Use your skills and knowledge to advise clients and support the buying and selling of property
- Combine technical skills and advisory work, with the opportunity to specialise in a particular area
- Opportunities to work in the public or private sector, or become self-employed
As a general practice surveyor, you'll be involved with all parts of the buying, development and selling of land and property.
- Negotiating deals for buying, selling and renting property
- Acting as an agent
- Buying and selling property and land on behalf of clients
- Assessing the environmental impact and economic viability of a development
- Valuing land and property
- Compiling reports for the valuation for mortgages, rent reviews and investment potential
- Advising on property values, land purchase, tenure issues and related legislation
You'll work in an office and on a construction site, which may involve being outside in all weather conditions and travelling often.
For this role, you'll need maths knowledge, thoroughness and attention to detail, knowledge of geography, analytical thinking skills, customer service skills, knowledge of engineering science, technology, computer operating systems, hardware and software, and legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations.
You'll usually need a degree or professional qualification approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to become a general practice surveyor. Relevant degrees include real estate management, property development and valuation, building surveying, quantity surveying and commercial management. If your degree is not in a relevant subject, you could take a postgraduate conversion course.
You could also do a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship.
If you have a higher national diploma or foundation degree in surveying or construction, you may be able to work as a surveying technician with a company and take further qualifications to fully qualify.
You could also get a postgraduate qualification through a graduate trainee scheme with a company, or through distance learning with the University College of Estate Management.
You can register with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors to become a chartered surveyor through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) scheme.
You could move into a specialist area like auctioning land, property or plant and machinery, or the valuation and auctioning of fine arts and antiques.