Surveyor

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A Quantity Surveyor (QS) is a professional that provides advice on the construction costs and programmes, as well as the best technology and procurement routes to use. Many of these are specified by statutory building regulations, which the surveyor needs to understand and adhere to. Quantity surveyors usually work in offices and in certain instances, they visit building sites, clients and meet the construction team. Their tasks includes preparing cost estimates and plans, auditing projects, managing costs and administering contracts, for all levels and types of construction.

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Market Demand

Quantity surveyors are among the indispensable professionals in the construction industry.  In some parts of globe such as Australia, the UK, and Dubai, there is a shortfall in quantity surveyors and this provides a great opportunity for both males and females looking for a successful career to make a difference whilst enjoying a satisfying work / life balance with continual professional development. Career possibilities include contracting or private quantity surveying, building surveying, construction management or consultancy, accountancy and financial services management or estate management. International opportunities may also be possible within the field.

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Education

Students interested to take up quantity surveyor must take a quantity surveying degree from a recognised programme. The Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia is an agency that governs the quantity surveying and cost engineering profession in Malaysia. It has listed down accredited programmes, offered by local and foreign universities. Aside from  having the right academic qualification, an aspiring quantity surveyor must possess these traits:

  • Analytical and logical
  • Able to work with computers and concentrate for long periods
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work accurately with figures
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

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