Surveying is not a single career, but a collective name for a group of careers within property, construction and land. Surveying careers are surprisingly varied and include quantity surveying, estate agency, valuation and investment, project management, property and facilities management, land surveying and mapping, planning and development and mining. Surveyors are logical thinkers and effective communicators with strong business acumen. Highly adaptable, they are in demand in a variety of global markets in both the public and private sectors.
Who should consider a career in surveying?
If you are particularly interested in leaving certificate subjects such as Construction Studies, Business, Economics and/or Accounting perhaps you should consider a course in surveying when filling out their CAO. The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), the leading professional body for construction, land and property professionals in Ireland, accredits a wide variety of Surveying Courses within Institutes of Technology nationwide and is has noted an increasing demand for qualified graduates from such courses in its recently published industry report.
Demand for Qualified Surveyors
The report which is entitled, Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-2018, forecasts employment levels over the next four years in contrast to the numbers currently enrolled on to third level surveying courses and notes a growing shortage of suitably qualified surveying graduates. In addition, the report identifies the emerging growth sectors and skills requirements for the time period and provides a unique snapshot of an industry in a period of recovery – with emerging growth sectors and skills requirements that reflect changing market needs, both at home and internationally.
Such examples of job opportunities for graduate surveyors include areas such as sustainable development, banking, investment, valuation and estate agency. There has also been an increased requirement for asset management and facilities management professionals from financial institutions and large multinational corporations such as Google, Facebook, BSkyB, Paddy Power and PayPal.
Second level students entering third-level property, construction and land courses now are ideally placed to enter a profession during a period of recovery and expansion with bright job prospects expected in the coming years. In addition, having been trained in a variety of technical and transferable skills, including economics, business, real estate, sustainability and construction studies, graduate surveyors will be wellpositioned to bring their skills to work at the heart of a changing market, both at home and abroad.
There are many honours degree courses on offer nationwide for those wishing to work in construction, property and land. Surveying courses encompass technical subjects such as valuation, investment, accounting, measurement, building technology and design – as well as subjects such as law, economics and developing technologies.
Free Schools Initiatives on offer
The Society is committed to supporting the Institutes of Technology that run surveying courses and to promoting surveying courses and careers to as wide an audience and organise free school presentations and work-shops from young surveyors, work experience placements as well as the possibility for TY students to go on campus for a week to see what it is like to be a surveying student. We believe the next up and coming generation of surveyors will be well placed to avail of growing opportunities and play a vital role in helping Irish economic growth.
To find out more about surveying courses, careers and our free schools initiatives visit
www.scsi.ie/acareerinsurveying or contact SCSI
School and College Liaison and Promotions Officer,
Catherine Noble on 01-6445500 or firstname.lastname@example.org