Rural Surveyor/Land Agent/Estate Agent/Agricultural Consultant/Land Management/Rural Business Management
You'll usually need a professional qualification or a relevant degree, accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Relevant subjects include:
- Rural property management
- Land management
- Geographic information science
- Land use and environmental management
If you have a non-accredited degree, like economics or maths, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.
If you don't have a degree-level qualification, you could still apply to RICS for a professional assessment of your qualifications and experience.
Experience of working on the land, for example in farming or conservation, could give you an advantage when looking for work.
RICS has more information about becoming a rural surveyor.
- Analytical skills
- IT skills
- A diplomatic approach
- Excellent negotiating skills
- Project management skills
- The day to day running of an estate
- Maintaining accounts
- Producing financial forecasts
- Dealing with grant and subsidy applications
- Negotiating land access, with utility, mining or quarrying companies
You might carry out valuations for clients, covering property, machinery, crops and livestock. Valuations are usually done for sale, insurance, taxation or compensation purposes.
You'll arrange auctions of farm property, including the marketing and publicity and conduct auctions on the day.
You might create computer maps of the landscape, using geographical information systems (GIS), satellite imaging and precision measuring instruments.
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. A lot of your time will be spent visiting clients on farms or estates, which could mean early starts and late finishes.
Auctions may also take place at weekends to maximise attendance.
You'll need to travel. Clients may be spread over a wide area, so you'll usually need a driving licence.
With experience, you could specialise in a particular area of rural surveying, like valuations.
You could move into a senior management position, partnership in a private practice or self-employment as a consultant.