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One of the best-kept graduate careers secrets…surveying

As a graduate do you fancy getting a job that:

   ✓ pays a good professional salary
   ✓ is sociable with a good work-life balance
   ✓ gives you plenty of opportunities to travel
   ✓ you can gain satisfaction in by making a difference to the world around you?

It’s not too good to be true—surveying is one of the best-kept secrets in graduate careers.

And what’s more; there are so many job options as a Chartered Surveyor, it’s accessible to everyone.

What are surveyors and how do they make a difference?

Surveyors design, build, value, measure and manage everything around us. 

From the homes we live in to skyscrapers, sports stadiums and even forests. Surveyors are involved in every aspect, right from the planning and construction through to ongoing operations and management—as well as the redevelopment or demolition.

Since surveying covers the biggest and smallest projects, you can make a great difference to local, national and global communities. And with 70% of the world's wealth in land and the built environment, surveying is one of the most important careers now and in the future.

Why not take a look around the London Skyline to see for yourself the impact surveyors have had on the city?

A well-paid professional career

   • Surveying is a degree level profession, so you will need a degree to become qualified.
   • Starting salaries for graduate surveyors are often around £30,000 (depending on the location and firm).
   • The average salary of a fully qualified RICS surveyor is around £65,000. 
   • Senior surveyors often become leading partners, directors, or even run businesses, so achieve high salaries to match.

Varied and sociable career across the world

   • As a surveyor, you will always be working with people, be it contractors, clients or other colleagues.
   • Very rarely are you stuck at your desk all day. You might even have to travel for meetings, go to check out buildings or construction sites or even get a drone to measure a piece of land.
   • As well as major cities like London, surveyors' skills are in demand in every country across the world—we’ve even had surveyors working in Antarctica!
   • If you aspire to travel with your work then surveying could be your passport.  

 Check out RICS Instagram (@ricssurveyors) for pictures of a day in the life of different surveyors.

From Graduate to Chartered Surveyor—how you can become a surveyor

To become a Chartered Surveyor, you will need a degree as well as experience working in the profession.

There are three main routes to becoming a Chartered Surveyor:

   1. Take an RICS-accredited undergraduate degree, then apply for a graduate scheme to fully qualify.
   2. Get a postgraduate master's degree, then apply for graduate schemes*
   3. Apply for a Chartered Surveying degree apprenticeship and get paid while you study and qualify.

*Some graduate schemes are open to all degrees, so in order to fully qualify they will sponsor you to get an RICS-accredited degree while working.   

Whichever route to becoming a chartered surveyor you choose, RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) are here to supports your full career journey from student to retired member.

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