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Job Title – Quantity Surveyor


A Quantity Surveyor is a highly qualified professional who plays an indispensable role in the building, construction and allied industries, including mining.

Typical Job Activities

Prepares estimates, feasibility studies and budgets for building projects
Prepares tender documentation for competitive tendering
Negotiates building contracts
Advises on and prepares contract documentation
Monitors costs for the duration of the project
Determines final costs
Prepares property valuations for insurance purposes

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Related Occupations

Building contractor
Civil engineer
Construction quantity surveyor
Industrial designer
Industrial engineer
Landscape architect
Town and regional planner

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
A Degree in quantity surveying, construction, civil engineering or structural engineering at a University
A diploma in similar or related courses at a Technikon

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Accounting

Entry to Work Place

Additional Requirements:
2 or 3 year practical work under the supervision of a qualified quantity surveyor

After completing a professional ability test candidates can register with the South African Council for Quantity Surveyors

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be proficient in speech and writing
Work accurately
Be scrupulous and reliable
Have mathematical ability
Be practical
Have perseverance
Be interested in legal procedures, finance and building

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Possible Employers

Government departments
Provincial administrators
Private firms

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Relevant Contact Details

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

The Engineering Council of South Africa

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance
General management studies

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
General business management
Own business

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can study for a number of years and face intellectual challenges
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I like to work with numbers

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