Job Description of a Chartered Surveyor

Updated March 29, 2017

A chartered surveyor is a surveyor with an accredited recognition by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), seven out of 10 surveyors work in architectural, engineering and similar services. Surveyors write descriptions of land for deeds, measure distances and offer expert advice.


A chartered surveyor is a highly skilled technician. A bachelor's degree in surveying is required, and all states require licensure, which involves taking an examination offered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). After passing the initial exam, surveyors then spend four years working under supervision before taking additional exams. After 10 years of professional experience, a surveyor can apply directly to the RICS with his resume for membership consideration.


A surveyor must be a creative and innovative thinker, have excellent financial and math skills, and possess an eye for detail. The role involves interaction with numerous professionals, so strong oral and written communication skills are essential.


The responsibilities of a chartered surveyor vary between employers and industries. Typical daily tasks include preparing detailed project quotes, controlling costs on building projects and developments, and providing expert advice on labour costs, materials and taxes.

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