A surveyor accurately determines the three dimensional position of points and has the ability to calculate the distances and angles between them.
Recruitment agencies advertise surveyor positions for employers involved in a variety of projects where geographical and legal boundaries have to be clearly established such as the building of new homes, the laying of new railway lines and the construction of new roads.
Potential employers will look for staff who have achieved high end degrees in surveying and those who display a good technical knowledge of the work conducted within the sector.
To become a chartered surveyor, it is necessary to take a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). These degrees cover a range of subjects related to property and construction and qualify graduates to take chartered surveyor training.
Becoming a chartered surveyor can be beneficial in terms of salary. Graduate surveyors can expect a starting income of between £18,000 and £26,000. However, the RICS has said those who have already achieved chartered status may earn as much as 15% above these figures.
Statistics show chartered surveyors may well achieve salaries of more than £45,000 within six years of qualifying.
As in most professions, London salary levels are higher than those in other areas of the UK.