If you've studied surveying and are wondering about your career options and/ or how to to get your first graduate job, have a look at the following information for tips and pointers. If you'd like to talk anything through, arrange a careers interview with us.

What career options are there with my degree?

Your surveying degree is a vocationally specific course which helps you to prepare for a career as a quantity or building surveyor. As a result we find that most surveying students start their course with a specific career in mind. However, there are other options that you could explore through the Prospects occupational profiles.

What do surveying graduates do?

Six months after graduating most University of Wolverhampton surveying graduates were working as quantity surveyors. Here is what some recent built environment graduates were doing six months after finishing their course:

  • Trainee architectural technologist
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Estimator
  • Construction technician
  • Building surveyor
  • Civil engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Asset management and development support officer
  • Cost consultant
  • Assistant contracts manager
  • Site manager

Who employs surveying graduates?

You may find work within the surveying sections of building and civil engineering contractors, surveying consultancies or local authorities and government agencies. Look at Prospects Industry Insight on construction for lists of typical employers.

Where can I find jobs and work experience in surveying?

The best place to start looking is our Jobs Board. Companies also run graduate training schemes and there are a number of placement schemes aimed at students and graduates in all areas. You could also try some construction sector specific job hunt sites:

You may also find work by applying to companies speculatively. Use the RICS and CIOB membership directories to search for private practice surveying companies and building firms.

Our guide to job hunting within construction provides full information about all the ways in which you could find work experience or permanent positions.

Industry magazines

Other useful websites and further information