Technical surveyor

surveying technician
Construction and building

Career outlook for technical surveyor

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would carry out tasks to help chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

You could work across all branches of surveying. These include building, land, planning, quantity, general practice and minerals.

You would:

  • Draught plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Work out project costs
  • Gather data to write plans and reports
  • Help with environmental impact assessments
  • Survey buildings or map land use using specialised tools
  • Value land, property and machinery for purchase, sale, tax and insurance purposes
  • Organise the auction of assets
  • Manage building staff
  • Schedule workloads and check the progress of projects
  • Put together contracts, tenders and bids

Working conditions


Your normal working hours would be 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, earlier starts, late finishes and weekend working can be common, depending on the project.


Your time would be split between office and on-site work.


You would spend a lot of your time carrying out site visits. A driving licence may be helpful.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Problem solving
  • Observation
  • Attention to detail
  • Developing a plan
  • Time management
  • Negotiating
  • Taking responsibility

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A Modern Apprenticeship within a surveying or construction firm

A Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7), a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in construction, surveying or civil engineering. Courses should be accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). If the degree is not RICS-accredited you can do an accredited postgraduate qualification (SCQF level 11).

You could enter directly a job with some subjects at Standard Grade, National 5 (SCQF level 5) and Highers (SCQF level 6) and be trained by your employer.

Entry requirements for a Modern Apprenticeship vary but employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6. 

You can enter Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications. 

To enter a degree (SCQF level 9/10) usually requires National 5 qualifications and a minimum of four Highers or a relevant HNC/HND.

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses)
  • Maths (required by most courses)
  • Business management
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

You will also need

Staff on construction sites must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent.You will need to pass a health and safety test to qualify for the CSCS scheme.

You will require a driving licence for most jobs.