Quantity surveyors work in all kinds of construction projects - from major projects like buildings, hospitals and high-rises to bridges, roads and tunnels and houses.
Broadly speaking, their role is to keep projects to budget and on time.
Read about job prospects as a Quantity Surveyor - MBIE
What could you do as a Quantity Surveyor?
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.
You could work:
- for a building contractor
- for a quantity surveying consulting company
- for a construction material supplier
- for a subcontractor
- as a project manager
- in a bank, insurance, finance company, government department, tertiary education provider or for a developer
- as a dispute resolution expert
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.
Quantity Surveyors 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.