The shortage of quantity surveyors means that there are good opportunities for skilled quantity surveying graduates across the property and construction sector
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Architectural technologist
- Building surveyor
- Commercial/residential surveyor
- Construction manager
- Planning and development surveyor
- Project manager
- Quantity surveyor
- Site engineer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Building control surveyor
- Building services engineer
- Consulting civil engineer
- Contracting civil engineer
- Estates manager
- Financial manager
- Urban designer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Your employment prospects will improve if you gain practical industry experience alongside your studies. Some quantity surveying degrees include a year-long work placement in industry. Although there's no guarantee, some students who've done a work placement receive a graduate job offer from their placement provider. Some may even gain sponsorship and the opportunity to complete the remainder of their degree part time, while in employment.
Consider applying for a summer placement or short-term work experience to boost your employment prospects and build contacts in the industry. You can apply direct to summer internship programmes with large companies through work placement or company websites. Although smaller companies may not always advertise work placements, they may still have opportunities available. Try sending a targeted speculative application to companies you're interested in. Use the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Find a Surveyor facility for company contact details.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Common employers of quantity surveying graduates include:
- quantity surveying consultancies
- construction companies, contractors and consultancies
- project management consultancies
- civil engineering contractors and consultancies
- property firms
- house builders and housing associations
- local authorities
- specialist surveying practices
- specialist tax consultants.
You can apply for graduate job opportunities on job sites and company websites. You can also apply to companies speculatively.
There are also opportunities to work in commercial and operations management or in a project management role with a wide range of companies.
Skills for your CV
Studying quantity surveying provides you with specialist knowledge in cost planning, procurement processes and the management of construction projects. You'll also gain an understanding of health and safety, legal, financial, political and economic issues and how these impact on construction processes, as well as ethical practices and sustainability.
In addition, you develop many transferable skills that are vital for a wide range of jobs. These skills include:
- numerical skills
- problem-solving ability
- analytical and data interpretation skills
- negotiation and dispute resolution skills
- the ability to organise your work and meet deadlines
- teamwork and interpersonal skills
- the ability to work independently
- written and verbal communication skills
- presentation skills
- project management skills
- confidence with business management systems
- IT skills and digital literacy.
On completion of a RICS-accredited quantity surveying degree, you can start to work towards achieving chartered surveyor status in your job. To become chartered and a professional member of RICS, you'll need to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The APC is a structured training programme that usually lasts around two years (unless you've got significant work experience already).
There are also opportunities to undertake postgraduate study in areas such as quantity surveying, commercial management, construction project management, strategic project management, and construction law and dispute resolution.
Alternatively, you could consider postgraduate study in related areas including facilities management and town and regional planning.
What do quantity surveying graduates do?
The majority of quantity surveying graduates in employment in the UK are working as quantity surveyors six months after graduation. An increase in both UK and international construction projects means there are currently a large number of employment opportunities, with most graduates working in building and engineering.
Other areas of employment include managerial positions, business, HR and financial roles, and marketing, PR and sales roles.
|Working and studying||3.7|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||86.7|
|Business, HR and financial||3.1|
|Marketing, PR and sales||2|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.