Quantity surveyor

If you have strong numerical and financial management skills, a practical mind and like the idea of travelling within your role, becoming a quantity surveyor could be ideal for you

As a quantity surveyor you'll manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. Working either for the client or the contractor, in an office or on site, you'll be involved in a project from the start.

You'll seek to minimise the cost of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality. This includes ensuring statutory building regulations are met. You'll prepare estimates and costs of the work and when the project is in progress, you'll keep track of any variations to the contract that may affect costs and create reports to show profitability.

Alternative job titles include construction cost consultant and commercial manager.

Find out more information at The National Careers Service