Quantity Surveyor

As a quantity surveyor, you estimate and monitor construction costs for building, infrastructure and resource assets. 


You're involved throughout a project's life cycle, including at feasibility, design, construction, operation and end of use.

Some quantity surveyors also undertake tax depreciation, insurance estimation, mediation and arbitration.

You mainly work in an office with quality surveying or consulting firms, construction companies or government agencies. 




  • Salary
  • Office work 
  • Working with others  

A typical day may involve:

  • studying architectural and engineering drawings and specifications to estimate total costs
  • preparing detailed cost plans and estimates as tools to assist in budgetary control
  • monitoring changes to designs and assessing effects on cost
  • measuring and negotiating variations to designs

It helps to be good at:

  • working with others
  • numbers
  • attention to detail
  • using technology and systems
  • analysing data and solving problems

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Diploma of Building and Construction (management)
  • Bachelor of Construction Management

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Consulting
  • Government

Related Roles 

  • Construction Estimator 

  • Contract Administrator 

  • Construction Manager


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