Career outlook for quantity surveyor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would estimate and control the costs for a construction project from the early design plans through to the completed building. You’d make sure that projects meet legal and quality standards.
Your client - the company or organisation which is paying for the building - would rely on you to make sure that the project is good value for money.
There are lots of different projects you could work on, including:
- Housing and industrial sites
- Retail and commercial developments
- Roads, railways and waterways
- Do feasibility studies to estimate the timescales and the costs of materials and labour
- Negotiate with suppliers and draw up bids for tenders and contracts
- Monitor the construction to make sure that costs are in line with forecasts
- Regularly report on the costs
- Advise your clients on legal and contractual matters
- Act on clients' behalf to resolve disputes
- Assess the financial costs of new environmental guidelines, such as using sustainable timber
You would use computer software to carry out some of these tasks, and to keep records, prepare work schedules and write reports. You might also deal with the maintenance and renovation costs once buildings are in use.
It would be important to have a good knowledge of construction methods and materials. You’d also need to understand Building Regulations and other legal guidelines.
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