The Work

Quantity Surveying Technician Building Surveying Technician Land Surveying Technician General or Rural Practice Surveying Technician Surveying technicians spend most of their time in the office, but there may be some visits to building sites. While on site, hard hats and other safety gear will be worn and there might be some climbing on scaffolding. There may be some evening or weekend work.


Useful Subjects

The subjects required by employers, colleges and universities vary. However, many subjects that you can take at school or college will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed for this area of work.

Among the useful subjects you can study at Standard Grade and/or Higher Still are:

English and/or Communication
Accounting and Finance
Graphic Communication
Technological Studies
Among the more specialised subjects within Higher Still which could be useful are: Business Education – Accounting and Finance
Design, Engineering and Technology – Building and Architectural Engineering

Core Skills

These five core skills are needed in all jobs and are also useful in your personal life.

Core Skills
Communication Use speaking and listening skills when discussing work matters with colleagues and managers.

Follow spoken and written instructions carefully and accurately.

Information Technology Use computer databases and programs to hold information and keep records, and to produce drawings.

Use e-mail to communicate with colleagues, and the Internet for research purposes.

Numeracy Use and understand plans and diagrams of sites and other areas of land.

Use number skills to measure areas, calculate quantities and work out costs.

Problem Solving Analyse the tasks to be undertaken and plan how best they can be completed.

Review and evaluate the outcomes and recommend appropriate changes.

Working with Others Work closely with colleagues as part of a team to achieve the agreed goals.

Take personal responsibility for own tasks.

If in a senior position, negotiate and allocate tasks as well as completing own tasks.


Personal Qualities

Career Development

There are openings for Surveying Technicians with surveying firms, building contractors, civil engineering companies and property developers, as well as in the public sector: local authorities and the Civil Service. Once you have gained experience on the job and have developed your skills, you may be able to move on. Gaining qualifications, such as those mentioned in the Entry section, will help your progression to a supervisory position. Many employers encourage technicians to further their qualifications by working towards becoming a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

Further Information

You will find detailed information about this job in the Careers Library Classification Index under the section

UM: Surveying and related work.

The Progress database will be helpful for information about Higher Still. It can be accessed from the home page of this database.

You are strongly advised to discuss your ideas with your careers or employment adviser, guidance teacher or student adviser.

Advice is also available from Careersline by calling free on 0800 44 22 22.


The following organisation may be able to provide further information.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland
9 Manor Place
Tel: 0131 225 7078
Fax: 0131 226 3599