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Quantity Surveyor

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Summary of occupation

Quantity surveyors estimate and monitor the construction costs of a project and may audit project costs or administer construction contracts. They must understand all aspects of construction from the design stage through to the completed project and may contribute in settling financial or contractual disputes.

They may work on projects for all levels and types of construction. Projects may range from office blocks, schools, hospitals and factories to bridges, railways, oil and mining development, shipbuilding and large process engineering works such as oil refineries.

Areas of work include the private sector for consulting firms, the public sector for state or federal government departments, or with property development companies, building contractors and project financiers.​

ANZSCO description: Quantity surveyors estimate and monitor the construction costs from the project feasibility stage, through tender preparation, to the construction period and beyond. Registration or licensing is required.
Alternative names: Building economist, Construction economist
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A quantity surveyor needs:

  • good mathematics skills;
  • strong analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems;
  • the ability to work to strict deadlines;
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team;
  • strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • good organisational skills.
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Working conditions

​Quantity surveyors usually work with other professionals such as architects, engineers, contractors, suppliers and accountants.

They may work alone or in teams and often split their time working in an office and on construction sites.

In Western Australia, quantity surveyors may be employed in locally based positions such as in Perth, or in fly-in fly-out positions  in remote areas such as a mine site.

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Salary details

​On average, quantity surveyors can expect to earn between $2 307 and $2 500 per week ($120 000 and 130 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. As a quantity surveyor develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

​Quantity surveyors cross-check designs against planned expenses and monitor the progress of the project. They use techniques such as cost planning, estimating and value management to work out a project budget. They use a range of specialist project management and financial software programs to keep track of all costs and contracts.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

​To become a quantity surveyor you will usually need to complete a bachelor degree in construction management.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) offered by Curtin University will provide you with the training to become an accredited quantity surveyor.

Contact the university for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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