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A Career in Property Surveying

Do you have strong business acumen? Are you a creative problem-solver? Do you like dealing with people? Are you looking for a varied career that puts you at the heart of organisations globally?

Property surveyors are highly trained professionals who specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Estate Agency

  • Commercial Property (retail, office, industrial, hotels and leisure)

  • Valuation and Investment

  • Property and Facilities Management

  • Planning and Development

  • Arts and Antiques

  • Forestry and Rural Land

Where do they work?

As a Property Surveyor, you might find yourself giving advice to Google on where best to locate their new offices or helping Forever 21 or Abercrombie & Fitch identify the best retail pitch in a city centre.

In terms of residential property, a surveyor’s clients can vary from a young couple buying their first home to an international film director looking for a short-term letting.

Surveyors provide expert advice to financial institutions and pension funds on property investments.

As a surveyor in the public sector, you could be at the heart of Government decisions regarding State-owned properties and portfolios, including forestry.

What sort of subjects should you be interested in to pursue a career in this area?

An interest in business and an aptitude for maths are a distinct advantage. But property is a wide ranging career, and courses include subjects such as law, economics, information technology and management.

It’s worth noting that property surveying tends to be a very sociable and team-based career — ideal for those who enjoy interacting with and meeting lots of new people.