Planning and development surveyors assess, design and manage development projects in towns, cities and rural areas.
Salary Range: £21,000 to £60,000
How to become a planning and development surveyor
You can get into this job through:
- a university 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. 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’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You could do a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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 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
You can find out more about becoming a planning and development surveyor from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- maths knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of geography
- analytical thinking skills
- customer service skills
- 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 carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- researching market data, like land and property records
- analysing figures using computer software
- assessing whether plans are workable
- presenting your recommendations to clients
- overseeing planning applications
- raising finances from funding bodies, investment companies and development agencies
- negotiating contracts and tenders
- advising clients about financial and legal matters, like compulsory purchases
- working out the likely economic, social and environmental impact of a development
You could work at a client’s business or in an office.
Career path and 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.