Surveying as a Career, How to become a Surveyor & Employment Opportunities
If you have an interest in property or construction - and are researching third level courses - why not consider a career in surveying?
The Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) carried out a ‘Graduate Employment Trends in Construction and Property Surveying’ study in 2012 which found that there is, and will be, a shortage of property and construction graduates to fill related employment opportunities going forward.
With SCSI formally accrediting nine Level 8 Construction and Property Surveying courses and with such huge employment opportunities set to become available, it is worth considering the wide range of professional roles which these degrees can lead you to.
Surveyors work across all aspects of the built and natural environment for a variety of employers, including auctioneers, valuers, developers, construction firms, facilities management, as well as county councils and State agencies. In recent years, surveyors have also availed of opportunities in other related sectors, such as legal, financial and insurance.
Chartered Surveyors undertake a wide range of professional roles within the construction and property sectors including: Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Project Management, Property and Facilities Management, Valuation, Estate Agency and Planning and Development Surveying. You can learn more about the different types of Chartered Surveyors here. Surveyors offer a range of skills across the construction and property sectors on both a business-to-business and business-to-consumer basis. The range of courses currently available accurately reflects the large number of areas available for you to specialize in within this broad industry.
As a profession, surveying requires a broad range of technical skills – spatial, numerical and legal. Along with these technical skills, “soft” skills are also important - business and managerial skills are essential, teamwork is vital and surveyors must have good communication skills in order to express their ideas both verbally and in writing.
Students who are particularly interested in Leaving Certificate subjects like Maths, Business Studies and Economics are often best suited to these types of programmes.
As surveyors work on several projects at the same time, it’s important to be well-organised, flexible and able to multi-task and problem-solve.
There are many surveying-related courses nationwide, and the content of these courses reflects the diversity of skills required of a surveyor – graduates leave college with a high level of both technical and professional practice skills. A high majority find work within their chosen field – both in Ireland and abroad.
Construction courses generally comprise of technical skills including: Building Technology, Measurement, Quantitative Methods and Analysis, Construction Management, Cost and value Management, Computer-Aided Design and Tender Documentation.
Property courses offer technical skills including: Valuation, Property Management and Marketing, Taxation, Investment Analysis, Asset Management, Mapping, Construction Studies, Architecture and Financial and Statistical Mathematics.
Surveying is a global profession – many Irish graduates are working in the UK, the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar), Asia (China), Africa, Australia, the USA and Canada. Surveyors are much sought after in these regions because of their expert training and skills. Work travel provides a surveyor with an exciting and challenging experience and exposure to interesting projects.
Benefits of becoming a Chartered Surveyor
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland is an internationally recognised professional body that provides Surveyors with a valuable designation, a mark of excellence that is valued throughout the property and construction industry worldwide.
Professional Recognition: One of the most important aspects of membership of the Society of Chartered Surveyors is recognition within your profession. Becoming a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland means you have achieved the regulated high professional standard and are competent in all areas of your work in the property and construction industry. You are gaining a valuable professional qualification in addition to your academic qualification and an elite professional standing within the industry.
Quality Assurance: The SCSI qualification – Chartered Surveyor - is a mark of quality assurance. It demonstrates to employers, colleagues and the industry as a whole that you adhere to the highest international professional and ethical standards. The Society is accountable to its members and the public: we aim to provide the highest standards in education and training; to protect members and public through strict regulation of ethics and standards; to provide advice to organisations such as government; and to publish market information and research. Becoming a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland means that you adhere to the highest standards of professional practice.
International Voice: By becoming a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland you gain a portable globally-recognised qualification which enables you to be part of an international community with opportunities to network with other top quality property professionals. You will also gain unprecedented access to all the latest information, advice and debate on emerging issues from the world of property and construction.
Career Development: Being member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland will fast-track your career and optimise your earning potential both in your own country and internationally. Chartered status is the gateway to senior management roles and increased earning potential
Competitive Advantage: A Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland qualification is highly regarded - not only by your employers but by everyone you come into contact with in business. It sets you apart and ensures your CV makes its way to the top of the pile when pursuing career opportunities in Ireland and around the world. Being a Chartered Surveyor can provide you with a competitive advantage against non members in the property and construction industry. You will have a distinct edge in terms of the quality of your qualification, commitment to continuing professional development and the assurance that you belong to a regulating body.