Minerals surveyors look at the commercial potential of quarrying and mining sites, and restore sites once raw materials have been extracted.
There will be
5% more Minerals surveyor jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You’ll look at potential mining, quarrying or landfill sites to see if they can be used commercially.
If they can, you’ll manage the site, value the assets and deal with ownership rights.
Your day-to-day duties may include:
Once a site is exhausted, you’ll work with mining engineers, development surveyors and planners to work out the best way to restore the land. This might be by recreating the original habitat or turning over the area to leisure, industry or commercial use.
You’ll work for private coal mining and quarrying companies, mineral estate owners, the Valuation Office Agency and local authorities.
You’ll usually need a degree or professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Relevant subjects are:
If you’ve a non-accredited degree, you can also move into this career by completing:
If you’ve an HNC, HND or foundation degree in surveying, you could work as a surveying technician while taking further study to fully qualify.
Starter salary: £20,000 to £25,000
Experienced salary: £26,000 to £45,000
Your salary may be higher if you work overseas.
These figures are a guide.
You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week. Early starts, late finishes and weekend work may be required to meet deadlines.
You’ll work in an office and on-site.
Overnight stays may be necessary, depending on the site's location.
With experience and further training, you could become a chartered minerals surveyor.
You could specialise in waste management, contaminated sites, or environmental engineering.
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