Building Surveyors

Job Description

Building surveyors offer professional advice on factors affecting existing buildings such as building defects, alterations, renovations and extensions, as well as on the design and construction of new buildings.

They work mostly on site to monitor the performance of structures and devise ways to improve them or correct flaws in their design.

Surveyors work alongside construction workers, safety officers and other professionals to ensure projects meet the relevant safety, sustainability and preservation standards

The Job Scope

  • Advising clients about building/property issues, which can include technical, financial, legal, environmental/sustainability, building regulation and restoration matters
  • Monitoring the deterioration or defects of a property and offering advice on repair work
  • Assessing the impact of unexpected damage on insurance, for example after a fire or flood
  • Managing projects and/or multidisciplinary teams. Also undertaking building surveys.

Skills Required

Organizational skills and an eye for detail

Willingness to work in extreme conditions

Teamworking skills

Excellent project and time management skills

IT skills, including knowledge of industry-specific software

Relationship-building skills

Strong understanding of good customer service

Interest in and firm knowledge of the built environment

Academic Requirement

Salary Range

    An entry level building surveyor with 1-3 years of experience earns an average salary of RM5,000
    A senior level building surveyor with 8+ years of experience earns an average salary of RM8,800

Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM)

Building surveyors can increase their career enhancement opportunity and subsequently salary if they are a certified member of the RISM.