The skills shortages in quantity surveying mean that there are a large number of highly-paid graduate opportunities 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
- Financial manager
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 undergraduate degrees include a year-long work placement in industry. Many students who have undertaken 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.
If you are a postgraduate student or are studying on a full-time undergraduate degree, you can undertake a summer placement or short-term work experience to boost your employment prospects and build contacts in the industry. Opportunities can be gained by applying to summer internship programs with large companies, or by speculative application. Check placement websites, company websites or apply speculatively. Use the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Find a Surveyor facility for company contact details.
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Common employers of quantity surveying graduates include construction contractors and consultancies, project management consultancies, civil engineering contractors and consultancies, property firms, house builders, local authorities and specialist surveying practices.
You can apply for graduate job opportunities on job sites and company websites. You can also apply to companies speculatively.
Skills for your CV
Employers value your specialist knowledge in cost planning, procurement processes and the management of construction projects. Your 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, will also be highly regarded.
While studying a degree in quantity surveying, you will also develop many transferable skills, including:
- numerical skills
- problem-solving ability
- analytical and data interpretation skills
- teamwork and interpersonal skills
- the ability to work independently
- written and verbal communication skills
- presentation skills
- IT skills and digital literacy.
On completion of a RICS accredited degree, you will continue to work towards achieving chartered status in your job. To become chartered and a member of RICS, you will need to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
RICS accredited postgraduate conversion courses are available for graduates from unrelated backgrounds. They usually take one year to complete full time, or two years part time.
Graduates and mid-career professionals with a related undergraduate degree are able to undertake postgraduate courses to develop specific skills, such as project management.
What do quantity surveying graduates do?
The majority of graduates (86%) 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 (90%) working in building and engineering.
Other suitable areas of employment include managerial positions, business, HR and financial roles, and marketing, PR and sales roles.
|Working and studying||2.5|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||91.3|
|Business, HR and financial||2.3|
|Marketing, PR and sales||1.4|