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Surveying technician

Surveying technicians carry out tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £28,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

45 to 47 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; flexibly

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There will be 1% more Surveying technician jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

Depending on the field of surveying you work in, you could:

  • estimate and draw up project costs
  • measure and record data on land, buildings or construction projects
  • create plans using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • assist with environmental impact assessments
  • survey buildings or map land use
  • value land, property and machinery
  • organise the sale of assets by auction
  • visit sites to report on the progress of projects

Working environment

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work in an office, visit sites or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • construction
  • building surveying
  • civil engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed for the job. This may help you when you apply for a trainee position.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying
  • Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians
  • T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
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Apprenticeship

You could do a surveying technician advanced apprenticeship.

After you've completed an apprenticeship, you can become an associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as a student or apprentice member. Once you're qualified, you can be an associate member.

Further information

You can find out more about surveying careers and training from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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You could become self-employed and work as a freelance surveying technician.

With experience and further training you could become a professional surveyor. You can get support to do this from the Chartered Surveyor's Training Trust.

You can join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for professional development training, industry news and networking opportunities.

You can find out more about surveying careers and training from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of geography
  • analytical thinking skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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