How to become a Quantity Surveyor in 2019?

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What is a Quantity Surveyor?

The title ‘Quantity Surveyor’ raises many questions among students. Is it to do with math, statistics or engineering? Students often are left confused and don’t actually know who is a Quantity Surveyor. Well, a Quantity Surveyor in basic terms is just a construction industry professional who is highly knowledgeable about construction costs and contracts. This may seem like a small responsibility, but there’s a lot more to it.

Quantity Surveyors are basically Construction Cost Consultants, they are responsible for estimating, monitoring construction costs and overseeing all budgets relating to building and civil engineering projects. The aim of Quantity Surveyor is to minimize project costs and improve value for money while still meeting the required standards and quality. This includes ensuring compliance with statutory building rules. Quantity Surveyor will prepare estimates and cost of the work and will track any contract changes that may have an impact on costs and create reports to show profitability when the project is underway.

Why should you study Quantity Surveying?

A degree in Quantity Surveying will help students to get employment in various types of companies in construction, property development and related industries, along with financial institutions and government departments. In other words, if you get a degree in Quantity Surveying you are the specialist in managing the costs and financials in the construction industry.

Quantity Surveying can also lead you to other different jobs like:

  • Construction Manager
  • Site engineer
  • Project manager
  • Building Surveyor

Moreover, Quantity Surveying can be a helpful course or minor in your degree if you’re planning to become a:

  • Estate manager
  • Consulting civil engineer
  • Urban designer
  • Financial manager

A profession in the Quantity Surveying industry is very beneficial as graduates get a salary which is well above the average industrial wage and comes with many benefits depending on the company you work with.

Trends in the field of Quantity Surveying

  • There were more than 300 vacancies for Quantity Surveyors listed in March 2017 on ‘’ alone
  • In the UK, the average Quantity surveyor salary is £50,672 (AUD 93,251). Whereas, in Australia, the average pay for a Quantity Surveyor is AU$28.00 per hour. The average pay for a Quantity Surveyor is AU$73,613 per year.
  • In Malaysia, due to the recent technological advancements, the construction industry is highly competitive and is expected to only increase in the new future (Adnan, 2009) In 2011, there were a total of 316 registered QS firms under the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) which were actively competing in the industry.

A Day in the life of a Quantity Surveyor

Best Australian Universities for a Degree in Quantity Surveying 2019

UniversityCourseIndicative Annual Fees (2019)
University of Newcastle, SydneyBachelor of Surveying (Honours) EnquireAUD 34,775
Curtin University, Perth, AustraliaBachelor of Surveying EnquireAUD 35,200
Queensland University of Technology (QUT), QueenslandBachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering) EnquireAUD 31,000
RMIT University, MelbourneBachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) EnquireAUD 34,560
Victoria University (VU), MelbourneBachelor of Building Surveying EnquireAUD 28,400

*Disclaimer: The fees are only indicative of what is displayed on online websites. For a detailed breakdown, contactExcel Education.

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Best Malaysian Universities for a Degree in Quantity Surveying 2019

UniversityCourseIndicative Annual Fees (2019)
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons) EnquireMYR 18,400
Taylor’s UniversityBachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons) EnquireMYR 25,200
INTI UniversityBachelor of Science (Hons) Quantity Surveying EnquireMYR 22,300
UCSI UniversityBachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons) EnquireMYR 22,174

*Disclaimer: The fees are only indicative of what is displayed on online websites. For a detailed breakdown, contact Excel Education.

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Manahil Ijaz
An international student from Taylor’s University, Manahil Ijaz is a freelance writer from the field of PR and Marketing who indulges in different forms of art including writing, painting and designing. Manahil has a great passion for psychology, English literature and travelling.
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