A real estate degree prepares you for work in property management, but also equips you with highly-desirable, transferable commerce and business skills
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Building control surveyor
- Building surveyor
- Commercial/residential surveyor
- Land/geomatics surveyor
- Planning and development surveyor
- Rural practice surveyor
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Chartered loss adjuster
- Construction manager
- Estate agent
- Facilities manager
- Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
- Housing manager/officer
- Landscape architect
- Nature conservation officer
- Sustainability consultant
- Town planner
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Relevant property-related experience is important, often gained through a year out in industry or summer placements. There are lots of ways you can gain experience to complement your degree. Look for opportunities arising within environmental conservation in the heritage and public sectors, or in the buildings and estates divisions of universities.
Many property employers place a strong emphasis on extracurricular activities that demonstrate teamworking and leadership skills. These skills can be developed through sporting activities or by participating in clubs and societies run by your university or students' union.
Undertaking a period of voluntary work in an area that will complement your degree in real estate will help show employers that you have relevant experience. This will be particularly useful if you were not able to secure a work placement during your studies.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Employment opportunities are available with utilities services, in private practice, commercial organisations, for trusts and heritage organisations, the public sector and local and central government, in a range of activities including domestic, commercial and industrial projects.
Typical employers include:
- global property firms with interests in building surveying, corporate property, investment, planning, development and residential work;
- medium-sized companies and consultancies;
- housebuilders and housing associations;
- small firms offering opportunities for those with a rural specialism.
Self-employment is also a possibility once you have gained experience in, for example, activities related to commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property or to land management and production, animal health and welfare and environmental industries. For information on setting up a business, see self-employment.
Skills for your CV
Real estate is a multidisciplinary course where you learn about all aspects of property, from planning law to bricks and mortar. Practically, it tends to be taught by a combination of lectures and site visits in addition to a number of real-life projects and case studies.
The course helps you to develop a range of skills sought by employers in the property sector and beyond, including:
- the ability to manage and analyse complex data;
- effective communication (written, oral, visual and numerical);
- team leadership;
- time management;
- the use of information technology;
- the ability to apply theory to practice.
Some graduates choose to specialise in a particular area of real estate, for example, taking postgraduate courses in property development, property investment, surveying, real estate management, environmental conservation for the heritage sector, planning and environment, and town and country planning.
Other further study options include postgraduate studies in banking or finance to enhance knowledge of a different career area. It is also possible to undertake further vocational training, for example in law or landscape architecture.
What do real estate graduates do?
More than half of graduates in employment in the UK are working as chartered surveyors.
|Working and studying||2.2|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||61.1|
|Marketing, PR and sales||13.1|
|Business, HR and financial||6.7|
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.
Find out more
- Construction Industry Council (CIC) - Representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.
- CITB - Partner in the Sector Skills Council, ConstructionSkills and Construction Industry Training Board.
- CITB - Northern Ireland - Represents the amalgamated operations of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Sector Skills Council for construction, ConstructionSkills in Northern Ireland.