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Every house or building you see anywhere in the world has a value. In an ideal world (and a fair market), those who want to sell will locate people who want to buy. Those that find and match the two parties together are surveyors. Surveyors produce detailed evaluations of the different factors of construction.
Surveying is not merely buying and selling; surveyors do many different things in the construction industry and there are many different specialities. Think of a green field where someone wants to build a shopping centre. Land surveyors measure the land and assess it; others will take part in the design, development and construction part; and finally the building will be sold or let, yet another role for a surveyor.
Most surveyors are qualified, meaning they are ‘chartered’. They most commonly work in the commercial world where buildings in the market include offices, shops, industrial warehouses and land.
Surveyors are required at all stages of construction and must evaluate all the factors that affect the construction of a building. A career in surveying can be varied and diverse, and there are many opportunities for young graduates and skilled juniors. Surveying requires a great level of enthusiasm, drive and will to succeed. The surveying industry looks set to expand over the coming years.