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Planning and development surveyor

Planning and development surveyors assess, design and manage development projects in towns, cities and rural areas.

Annual Salary

£21,000 to £60,000

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

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; as customers demand

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Planning and development surveyor jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme
University

You'll usually need a degree or professional qualification approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Relevant subjects include:

  • surveying
  • business studies
  • economics
  • estate management
  • land and property development

If your degree is in a different subject, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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Apprenticeship

You could do a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

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
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Work

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.

Other routes

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.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a planning and development surveyor from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • 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
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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