The built environment sector is the largest in the UK, contributing one tenth of the country's gross domestic product. 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 sector, many of whom are self-employed. The earnings in the construction and property sector are significantly higher than the average for many other industries.
What kind of job could I get?
Our graduates are highly employable - over 9/10 of our undergraduate and postgraduate students are in employment, further study or due to start work six months after graduating**. Many of our graduates go on to follow careers as:
- Architectural Technologists - Architectural technologists are the link between concept and construction, working closely with architects to ensure that designs can be transformed into real buildings.
- Building Surveyors - Building surveyors are sought-after professionals, and the work of a chartered building surveyor can be varied or involve high levels of specialism. A chartered building surveyor can be involved in a construction project from its inception, through design and procurement to managing its fulfilment, and eventually overseeing the building in use.
- Architects - Architects work widely throughout the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, including architectural practices, design and engineering consultancy firms. Architects are also sought-after by central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers and manufacturing companies.
- Construction Project Managers - Construction project managers lead and control all construction operations. Their primary role is to ensure that construction projects are completed on-time and within budget. They identify and manage resources and ensure quality standards and safety requirements are met.
- Property Managers - To work in the property and real estate sector you must possess many key skills and competencies in areas such as valuation, development, investment and management. Property and real estate experts have an extensive understanding of the industry, and are able to confidently display a variety of proficiencies and professional knowledge to clients.
- Quantity Surveyors - Quantity surveyors manage and control financial aspects of the construction process and may also specialise in construction contract law, insurance and procurement.
Who employs our graduates?
- Laing O'Rourke
- Balfour Beatty
- Burohappold Engineering
- Interserve Construction
- Lancashire County Council
- Turner and Townsend
- Skanska Integrated Projects
- Wates Group
Built Environment recruitment fair
The annual Built Environment Recruitment fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for our 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.
**Data from 2015-2016 Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education Survey