In Summary - Surveyor
Surveyors typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Surveyor
Surveyors carry out surveys of all types of property (buildings, land, and possessions such as livestock) and natural resources (including those on land and at sea, for example deposits of minerals).
Surveyors specialise in one of many types of surveying, but the work generally involves tasks such as:
- taking measurements
- mapping, valuing and assessing the property or natural resources
- managing, planning, developing, and calculating costs of projects.
The surveyor measures distances, directions and angles between points. They also research legal records and look for evidence of previous boundaries. They then have to verify the accuracy of existing data and prepare plots, maps and reports.
Surveyors will need to use sophisticated electronic equipment and computers to collect, manage and analyse survey data.
Once a survey is complete, surveyors manage and analyse the information. They then write and present a report to clients or other professionals such as cartographers, engineers, architects and planners. The report may contain data, ideas and recommendations so that any necessary work can be done, for example so that maps can be produced or so a construction project can begin.
When carrying out site work, surveyors must stick to health and safety regulations.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Verify the accuracy of survey data including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.
- Search legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.
- Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.
- Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.
- Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.
- Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.
- Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.
- Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.
- Determine longitudes and latitudes of important features and boundaries in survey areas using theodolites, transits, levels, and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS).
- Record the results of surveys including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Interests - Surveyor
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
As a surveyor, you need to be good at maths and able to use computers and other electronic equipment. Experience of computer-aided design (CAD) is useful. You should have an analytical mind, a methodical approach to your work and be able to pay attention to detail. Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for passing information to other professionals and clients. You will also need a wide knowledge of construction, economics and law. You need to be up to date with EU regulations and laws.
Entry Requirements - Surveyor
To gain a professional recognition as a surveyor in Ireland you first need to complete a degree accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS) or Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Those with degree from other disciplines can still become a surveyor by taking an accredited property degree or postgraduate conversion course.
Candidates are advised to check individual institutions for course details.
The next step is to undertake a period of training in employment and complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This is a structured practical training programme, which takes about two years to complete in the workplace, so you will need to be prepared to combine work and study.
The training structure is based on a set of skills known as ‘competences’, which are a mix of technical and professional practice skills along with interpersonal, financial, business and management skills.
Upon successful completion of the APC, you apply to become a member of the SCSI and the RICS.
Status as a chartered surveyor will accelerate career progression and support self-employment in private practice. As this is a globally recognised professional qualification, it will also be recognised if you wish to work overseas.
Last Updated: August, 2016
Pay & Salary - Surveyor
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 30k - 78k
The average national salary for a chartered surveyor is now €71,000, according to a pay survey by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.
Average salary for a property surveyor with up to five years' experience post-qualification is €34,700 for those working in estate agency and property management, excluding bonuses and benefits.
Dublin surveyors are the highest paid in the country, earning close to €78,000 on average.
Those in Munster and the rest of Leinster earn €62,000 on average, dropping in Ulster and Connacht to €53,000.
SCSI July 2016
Last Updated: August, 2016
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Surveyor
Construction Industry Federation
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
Society of Chartered Surveyors
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors