Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians perform technical functions to assist Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors by supervising and inspecting construction sites, estimating time, costs and resources, inspecting plumbing work, and collecting and evaluating survey data and preparing maps and plans.

    You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as an Architectural, Building or Surveying Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians.

    Tasks

    • assisting Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors in planning and organisation
    • interpreting plans, regulations and codes of practice
    • preparing preliminary sketches, working drawings and specifications
    • preparing, editing and revising plans, maps, charts and drawings
    • coordinating works programs
    • inspecting work and materials for compliance with specifications, regulations and standards
    • calculating costs and estimating time scales
    • collecting data using surveying instruments and photogrammetric equipment
    • performing routine computations and plotting preliminary data

    All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

    • $1,838 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 77,000 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 11% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 56,300 in 2014 to 77,000 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Location: Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,838 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200952900
    201055400
    201152200
    201261500
    201352700
    201456300
    201556200
    201661600
    201769400
    201869000
    201977000
    202492000

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings18381460

    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)
    Construction59.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services21.6
    Public Administration and Safety6.6
    Manufacturing3.4
    Other Industries8.8

    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.
    StateArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.631.6
    VIC25.525.6
    QLD21.120.0
    SA5.97.0
    WA12.810.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT1.41.9

    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 BracketArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-245.0-9.39.3
    25-3425.6-22.922.9
    35-4426.7-22.022.0
    45-5423.2-21.621.6
    55-599.0-9.09.0
    60-646.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree15.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV41.1-21.121.1
    Year 129.2-18.118.1
    Year 112.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.8-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as an Architectural, Building or Surveying Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as an Architectural, Building or Surveying Technician.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      69% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Building and construction

      67% Skill level

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

    3. Production and processing

      63% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    4. Administration and management

      60% Skill level

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

    5. Mechanical

      58% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Responsible for outcomes

      94% Important

      Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

    3. Telephone

      93% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      92% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    5. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      92% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.

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