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About the industry

The built environment industry is the largest in the UK, contributing one tenth of the country's gross domestic product (around 65 billion pounds a year).

From designing and constructing houses, to building and repairing bridges, airports, and roads, the industry provides vast employment opportunities.

Over a million people are currently working in the built environment industry and many of them are self employed.

The earnings in construction and property sector are significantly higher than the average for all industries.

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Engagement with Industry

The annual Built Environment Recruitment fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector.

Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. The event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.


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What kind of job could I get?

Architectural technologist

Architectural technologists are the link between concept and construction. They work with architects to ensure the design can be transformed into real buildings.

You will need to be a creative thinker (but in a logical way), have strong design competencies with CAD capability, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, management and negotiating skills.

Interested? Check out a degree in Architectural Design and Technology.

Building surveyor

Building surveyors are responsible for making sure that buildings are safe, energy efficient, and suitable for living.

You need to enjoy technical work and be flexible,  and self motivated with excellent communication skills.  You need good management and leadership skills, and the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team (often outdoors!).

Interested? Check out a degree in Building Surveying.

Construction project manager

Construction project managers are responsible for managing and controlling all construction operations of construction projects. They start from the planning/design stage, and ensure that the construction projects are completed on time and within budget, meeting quality standards and safety requirements.

You need good organisational and communication skills. You need to have in-depth knowledge about the work involved in a building project, including legislation and finance.

Interested? Check out a degree in Construction Project Management.

Property manager

Property managers are responsible for the valuation, management, development, sale and letting of commercial and residential property.

You will need strong communication and organizational skills, and to be good at figures. You will need to be able to work under pressure and be good at anticipating and solving problems.

Interested? Check out a degree in Real Estate and Property Management.

Quantity surveyor

Quantity surveyors (also known as construction economists, or cost managers) have a lot of responsibilities! Estimating and monitoring construction costs, ensuring that the project is within budget, tax depreciation schedules, replacement cost estimation for insurance and, mediation and arbitration. Quantity surveyors also advise on development feasibility, procurement routes, and contractual management. You need to be analytical, logical, and good with figures. You need good oral and written communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team or by yourself.

Interested? Check out a degree in Quantity Surveying.

Where could I work?

Our graduates are highly employable - 97% of our postgraduate students and 87% of our bachelor's students are in employment by graduation or go on to further study. Here are just some of the companies that have recruited our graduates:

  • Galliford Try Construction
  • Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Liverpool City Council
  • McAlpine Capital Projects
  • Oldham MBC
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pozzoni Design
  • Serco/Metrolink
  • Skanska Integrated Projects
  • South Manchester Primary NHS Trust
  • The Co-operative Bank
  • University of Manchester
  • Wates Construction

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