Building Surveying Jobs
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Building surveying jobs for construction professionals, who are trained to give advice on architectural projects and the development of new structures, are widely available throughout the United States. These jobs include positions for on-site surveyors at new construction sites and existing properties, as well as opportunities to join larger teams who are responsible for maintaining older and historic properties. Building surveyors may also be required to provide testimony in court proceedings regarding construction regulations and building violations. Let's take a closer look at the various responsibilities, requirements and benefits of the different types of building surveyor jobs.

Building Surveyor Job Responsibilities

A building surveyor may have numerous job responsibilities depending on the particular job site and project. Some of the most common responsibilities include:

  • Determining the condition of building and properties

  • Identifying and analyzing building defects, when appropriate

  • Proposing a budget and plan for repairing buildings

  • Ensuring the timely completion of projects and repairs

  • Managing contractors and other key staff

  • Procuring supplies and overseeing other project-specific tasks

Because the building surveyor job has evolved since its inception, today's modern candidate must understand new technology to be successful. Particularly, the surveyor must be well-versed in energy efficiency and “green” building techniques, as well as understanding the environmental impact of new construction projects within the community. In addition, the building surveyor must have knowledge of current building codes, laws and regulations, and he must understand how to prepare and negotiate insurance assessments.

Requirements for Becoming a Building Surveyor

In general, an ideal candidate for a building surveying job should have good vision and otherwise be in good physical health. He should have good analytical and communication skills, and work well with others. Good interpersonal skills, the ability to meet deadlines and work with a budget are also a plus, as well as the ability to be a strong team player.

For most positions, the candidate must posses a minimum of a bachelor's degree. In some cases a high school diploma may be enough, but usually only when the individual has completed some course work in the surveying field at a vocational school. In addition, most states require that building surveyors pass a written exam prior to gaining employment. The exam is given by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. In some states, a local test may also be required before the candidate can be considered for a job.

Building Surveyor Compensation

Although compensation will vary depending on the individual's geographical location, employer and experience, the average salary in some of the largest markets in the country is approximately $44, 849 per year, according to However, keep in mind that an entry level building surveying position will likely pay much less, especially if the individual does not have a bachelor's degree. Candidates with a bachelor's degree and a background in historical preservation will most likely receive higher pay. This position is expected to continually grow in the future in the United States, and may increase up to as much as 26 percent by the year 2016.