Quantity surveying is a highly specialized field that focuses primarily on managing the costs and budgets of projects for the construction industry. Maintaining efficiency and profitability are two of the major goals of a quantity surveyor.
Surveyors need to be good with numbers, be highly organized, have high standards for efficiency and be good communicators to compete in the job market. The job of quantity surveying requires financial, technical and legal knowledge. A quantity surveyor must have a degree or professional certification from an accredited institution. It is possible for prospective quantity surveyors to earn certification part-time while working as a general surveyor.