Thursday, July 8, 2010

Quantity Surveyor

So, you want to be a quantity surveyor? Can you:
Think logically
Communicate well with a wide range of people
Apply math to complex problems
Work to deadlines
What do quantity surveyors do?

Quantity surveyors work with architects, building contractors, developers, engineers and project managers. They can work as individual consultants or as part of a small or medium sized firm. Some work as academics in universities. Some may find employment in government agencies. Those in the building industry usually work on larger scale projects such as office complexes, high density residential projects, hotels, factories and hospitals. With experience, progress to managerial positions in the construction industry is possible. Job prospects can fluctuate depending on the level of building activity. Quantity surveyors have been in high demand in Australia for some time.

How do I become a quantity surveyor?

To become a quantity surveyor you usually have to study a quantity surveying or construction management degree at university. To get into these courses you usually need to pass your QCE. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics A, B or C are normally required. The various universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

What next?

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors or for probationary membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. It is also possible to become a student member of both institutes while studying. Qualifications are recognised worldwide and many graduates choose to take the opportunity of living and working in different countries around the world.

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