From skyscrapers to sports stadiums, forests to festival sites, shopping centres to the homes we live in, surveyors are involved every step of the way. A career as a surveyor opens up a world of unique, exciting opportunities, using the latest technology from aerial laser scanning and digital mapping to artificial intelligence. And it's easy to get started in surveying: in fact, if you’ve ever played Minecraft, or flown a drone, you’ve already started thinking like a surveyor.
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Surveyors play a lead role in the fillm industry – from Harry Potter to James Bond and even X-Men. Digital mapping is used throughout movie making and gaming design. Your job could involve creating 3D models for set designers and special effects teams. A surveyor was even involved in creating Captain America’s trademark shield for the Marvel films: for a perfect image they used a high-definition scanner to get the best resolution.
Surveying may be an established profession, but constant innovation means new technology is changing the face of the industry. From drones to lasers, 3D printers to virtual reality – surveying is at the forefront of technology.
Making the all-important decisions of what goes where and why, surveyors are involved in planning the construction of everything from skyscrapers to shopping centres and festivals to football stadiums.
The infrastructure behind the foundations of modern life relies on surveyors too: they map the roads, bridges, buildings and railways that we need to keep us connected.
Are you analytical, organised and enjoy talking to people? As a chartered surveyor, you can build a career as a:
Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium will be an impressive multi-functional stadium. In this project, a surveyor has taken on the role of Head of Building Control – overseeing safety issues and the build. The redesign is increasing capacity from 36,200 to 61,000 fans, and features a retractable pitch, so the stadium can host American football games and concerts – and helping to regenerate the local area.
Surveyors in the land sector map, develop and manage the land on which we work and play. If you want to measure the shape of land and gather data for use in a whole range of different industries, from film to architecture, archaeology and flood defences, then land surveying could be for you.
A surveyor specialising in land works indoors and outdoors, in diverse locations across the globe.
Do you have a passion for the environment, technology and exploring?
As a chartered surveyor, you could land a career as a:
Being a surveyor doesn’t mean day after day at a desk. As a geomatics surveyor, you could find yourself in extreme conditions in the Antarctic, tackling plummeting temperatures while using the latest technology. In order to build research stations on the ice, surveyors use 3D laser scanning technology to map and build 3D models for development. Surveying on ice is unlike anything else – five research stations in the Antarctic have been abandoned due to cracks in the ice.
Property Surveyors work in commercial property (offices or buildings a business uses), residential property (places where people live) and personal property (objects people or businesses own). Surveyors are involved throughout these fields, from purchase to development, valuation, sale and management making their work hugely diverse.
Are you good with numbers and people? Do you want to spend time in and out of the office? As a chartered surveyor, plot your career in property as a:
Working in retail means reacting to trends and bringing brands to life by creating the right environment for shoppers. Fashion label Kit & Ace needed the perfect spot for their business. A specialist retail property surveyor acquired a sought-after location for their first European store in Shoreditch, London. Following this success, they opened their first West End store in the retail heaven of Covent Garden.
Watch vloggers Ali and Eve explore the surveying profession, including flying a £30,000 drone. And discover how surveyors shape the world around us.