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Quantity Surveyor Job Description

A quantity surveyor is a person whose job is to manage all costs relating to a construction project. S/he manages the finances of a construction project from its earliest stages up through its completion. Quantity surveyors are also known as cost analysts, cost planners, cost managers, estimators, or construction economists.

A quantity surveyor should be well organized, trustworthy, investigative, interpretative, and good at planning, calculating and accounting. They should be accurate in all aspects of their work and able to read and interpret construction plans. They should also be able to communicate effectively and relate to a wide range of people.

What does a Quantity Surveyor do?

Quantity surveyors may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Quantity surveyors usually work normal office hours. They work in offices and on sites. They occasionally travel to construction sites to monitor the progress of projects.

What is Required to Become a Quantity Surveyor?

To become a quantity surveyor, you will need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying, building technology or a related discipline.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Quantity surveyors need to have:


Alternative Careers

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