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Quantity Surveying Professionals talk about their Career

Listen to young quantity surveying professionals talk about why they chose QS as a career, what they do in their jobs and what they like about their career. They also give advice to people considering studying QS and what subjects they should study at school.

What does a Quantity Surveyor do?

NZIQS would like to thank CIQS - Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors for allowing us to share this fantastic video about what a QS does

Many careers from quantity surveying qualifications

Quantity Surveyor qualifications in New Zealand can lead to many different kinds of careers.

Quantity surveying performs a role in many kinds of construction projects

Quantity surveyors work in all kinds of construction projects—bridges, roads, and tunnels; buildings from major projects like hospitals and high-rises; whole houses or bathrooms and kitchens.

Broadly speaking, their role is to keep projects to budget and on time. 

Read about job prospects as a Quantity Surveyor - MBIE

Read about how much you could earn as a Quantity Surveyor -  Careers New Zealand 

What could you do as a Quantity Surveyor?

You could work:

  • as a project manager
  • as a building contractor or their QS employee
  • as a consultant or their employee
  • for a project management company
  • for a construction material supplier
  • as a developer or their employee
  • as a subcontractor 
  • as a consultant to a government department
  • in a bank, insurance, finance company, or tertiary education provider
  • as a dispute resolution expert
  • as company manager/director
  • running your own company.

Your work could include giving advice on construction costs, setting budgets for construction projects, and recording and managing these costs. You could measure progress on site and measure construction quantities. (This is why the field is called ‘quantity surveying’.)

You could find yourself quantifying and costing the construction of all types of building and engineering works for feasibility studies; preparing tenders and tender documentation; managing contract cost through to final account; valuing for insurance and/or asset life planning purposes, rental reviews, maintenance and tax schedules; assisting with adjudication, litigation and arbitration processes and as expert witnesses; and performing many management roles in construction-related activities.

The skills that quantity surveyors need

You’ll need to know about building methods and materials. You will need to be able to interpret building plans, and estimate costs for a project’s building, material and labour costs. You’ll need good maths, basic accounting, and IT skills. And you’ll need to keep up to date with relevant legislation and local by-laws.

You'll also need to be able to think logically and analytically to solve problems. 

You’ll need ‘people’ skills as well—being a good communicator with negotiation and relationship management skills.


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