Chartered Surveyor

Chartered surveyor - overview

Chartered surveyors are excellent problem solvers, negotiators, and communicators. They use these skills to assess properties, land, and other infrastructure for valuations and construction projects. Find out more about becoming a chartered surveyor and why this might be the right career for you.

Learn what the role involves below.


What does a chartered surveyor do?

There are several branches within the field of surveying including quantity, commercial, valuation, environmental and land surveying. Chartered surveyors are officially recognised as experts in the trade, holding professional, up-to-date accreditations. Once qualified, you may work for a surveying firm, construction company or property consultancy.

No matter which specialism you pursue, you can expect to use technology, data and 3D modelling to assess and analyse land, buildings and other infrastructure. You'll develop project management, problem-solving and people management skills. This job is vital for the functioning of society and building the world we live in.

What will your days involve?

Daily tasks will vary but could involve:

  • Surveying buildings for any defects or issues
  • Measuring and surveying land
  • Assessing the environmental impact of new constructions
  • Valuing properties
  • Offering advice to property owners and developers on any issues or structural issues
  • Creating reports based on surveys


How much can you earn as a chartered surveyor?

The average salary for a chartered surveyor in the UK is £34,840. Graduates start at around £26,500.

Does a chartered surveyor role involve travel in the UK or overseas?

You can expect frequent travel both locally and regionally in this role.

Can you work from home as a chartered surveyor?

Your time will likely be split between working from an office or your home and visiting different sites such as properties and construction sites.

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