Planning & Development SurveyorJob Description:
Planning and development surveyors assess, design and manage development projects in towns, cities and rural areas.Job Category:
What you will do:
- research market data, like land and property records
- analyse figures using computer software
- assess whether plans are workable
- present your recommendations to clients
- oversee planning applications
- raise finances from funding bodies, investment
- companies and development agencies
- negotiate contracts and tenders
- advise clients about financial and legal matters, like compulsory purchases
- work out the likely economic, social and environmental impact of a development
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of geography
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- customer service skills
- organisational skills
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- a graduate training scheme
You’ll usually need a degree or professional qualification approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, in the UK, or equivalent in your country.
Relevant subjects include:
- business studies
- estate management
- land and property development
If your degree is in a different subject, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.
You could take a college course and enter the profession at technician or higher technician level and then take further professional qualifications or a degree apprenticeship.
- Diploma in Construction (Level 3 in the UK)
- Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction (T Level in the UK)
Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:
- Chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship (level 6 in the UK)
- Land referencer (Level 4 in the UK)
If you have a higher national diploma or foundation degree in surveying or construction, you may be able to work as a surveying technician, and take further training on the job to qualify as a surveyor.
You could get a postgraduate qualification through a graduate trainee scheme with a company or through distance learning with the UK University College of Estate Management.
you can register with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors to become a chartered surveyor through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) scheme
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work at a client’s business, in an office or visit sites.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could be promoted to project or senior management roles, go into partnership in private practice, or become self-employed as a consultant.
You could also move into other areas of surveying or town planning.