Career outlook for building surveyor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would advise people who own or want to buy a building whether it meets building regulations or needs any serious repairs.
Your clients could be home owners or large commercial and industrial companies.
You’d advise them about the design and construction of new buildings. You’d inspect existing buildings and explain what maintenance and repairs they need. You would have to be able to understand your client’s business needs.
You’d focus on three main areas: surveying, legal work, and planning and inspection.
- Survey properties, identify structural faults and make recommendations for repairs
- Assess damage for insurance purposes, for example following a fire or flooding
- Establish who is responsible for building repair costs
- Advise clients on issues such as property boundary disputes
- Act as a client’s supporter or stand as an expert witness during legal proceedings
- Check properties to make sure that they meet building regulations, including fire safety, accessibility and energy efficiency standards
- Deal with planning applications and with improvement or conservation grants
Depending on the size of the company, you may cover all of these tasks or you might specialise in just one. Language skills may be useful if you want to work overseas or for a company with international clients.
You might also supervise a surveying team of assistants and technicians.
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