General practice surveyors are concerned with the management, valuation, buying, selling and development of land and property, working in both the private and public sectors.
Typical activities include:
Most work a minimum 40-hour week. In the private sector extra hours, including weekends, are often required to meet deadlines, visit sites or meet with clients. Working hours in the public sector are normally regular.
Surveyors work in offices and on site (which may involve being outside in all weathers), and spend time visiting clients. Assessing sites and properties can be physically demanding, involving climbing and bending.
A driving licence is usually essential.
To be a general practice surveyor you need:
Within the public sector general practice surveyors are employed by regional development agencies, local authorities, hospital trusts, universities and central government departments.
In private practice surveyors are employed in the commercial or residential property sectors. In the commercial sector employers include large surveying practices, house building companies, property developers, financial, pension fund and insurance organisations and organisations such as retail chains, banks, and utilities such as railways. In the residential sector, surveyors work for large national chains of estate agents, or major regional firms.
After qualifying, surveyors can move into specialist areas such as auctioneering of land, property or plant and machinery, valuation and auctioneering of fine arts and antiques and surveying of minerals. Please see the 'Valuer/Auctioneer: Fine Arts' and 'Valuer/Auctioneer: Land and Property' profiles for more information on these careers.
If you would like to know anything about General Practice Surveyor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Tel: 01344 630700
College of Estate Management
Tel: 0118 986 1101
Valuation Office Agency (VOA)
London WC2A 2 JE
Tel: 020 7506 1700
2 The Courtyard
48 New North Road
Helpline: 08000 567160