Quantity Surveyors estimate and monitor construction costs from the project feasibility stage, through tender preparation, to the construction period and beyond.

Also known as: Construction Economist.

You usually need a bachelor degree in construction management or a related field to work as a Quantity Surveyor. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Studies architectural and engineering drawings and specifications to estimate total costs, and prepare detailed cost plans and estimates as tools to assist in budgetary control.
  • Monitors changes to designs, assesses effects on cost, and measures, values and negotiates variations to designs.

All Civil Engineering Professionals

  • $1,962 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Quantity Surveyors

  • 2,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 18% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Quantity Surveyors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,700 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Quantity Surveyors work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 18% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services53.1
Construction36.7
Manufacturing2.1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.0
Other Industries6.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateQuantity SurveyorsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.631.6
VIC20.425.6
QLD22.620.0
SA4.57.0
WA15.510.8
TAS0.42.0
NT2.01.0
ACT2.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketQuantity SurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-247.7-9.39.3
25-3429.9-22.922.9
35-4424.8-22.022.0
45-5418.1-21.621.6
55-596.8-9.09.0
60-645.7-6.06.0
65 and Over6.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationQuantity SurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate11.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree63.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV5.2-21.121.1
Year 128.2-18.118.1
Year 110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.9-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in construction management or a related field to work as a Quantity Surveyor. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Quantity Surveyor. Membership with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors may be useful.

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  1. Mathematics

    75% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Building and Construction

    68% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Engineering and Technology

    66% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    64% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Administration and Management

    63% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    94% Important

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    93% Important

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    92% Important

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    90% Important

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