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Minerals Surveyor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Minerals Surveyor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Minerals Surveyor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Minerals Surveyor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Minerals surveyors, also known as mining surveyors, are concerned with the use, value, management and exploitation of mineral deposits, and the mapping and recording of the extent of mineral extraction.

They prepare initial surveys to determine the economic viability of a potential site and to support planning applications, taking account of possible environmental effects such as air and water pollution.

Surveyors negotiate legal contracts to establish rights to work a mine, gain access to land and build communications links. They carry out detailed site surveys to enable valuations of the mineral content of a mine or quarry. This involves charting surface and underground features using complex electronic equipment.

Minerals surveyors manage and develop quarries and mines, ensuring that workings are safe. When a site is exhausted, they advise how the waste material should be disposed. They may also advise on environment legislation and the reclamation of derelict and contaminated land.

Hours and Environment

Working hours may include early starts, late finishes and weekend work. Though office-based, minerals surveyors often work on site, therefore travel is involved.

Mine workings can be dark, damp and/or dirty. Surface workings are exposed to the weather. Site visits can include standing for long periods, climbing and bending.Safety regulations in mine workings must be strictly observed. Hard hats are worn on site/below ground. Mining equipment can be noisy.

Skills and Interests

To be a land surveyor you need:

  • a strong scientific and mathematical ability
  • to be familiar with technology and the use of computers
  • a methodical approach, good analytical skills, accuracy and attention to detail
  • a wide knowledge of mineral estate economics, mineral properties, planning legislation and health and safety issues
  • an appreciation of spatial relationships
  • the ability to interpret maps, charts and graphical data
  • a diplomatic manner
  • the ability to present the results of your work both verbally and in writing.


There is no set minimum qualification for entry, although in practice most people have A levels/H grades, a BTEC/SQA higher national award or a degree.

To get on to a degree course you need at least two A levels/three Highers and five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3). Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

There is no upper age limit for entry. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has special membership routes for mature candidates with substantial surveying experience.


You can qualify as a minerals surveyor through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Faculty for Architecture and Surveying.

To qualify as a Chartered Surveyor through the RICS, you have to study for a degree accredited by the RICS for minerals surveying. You must also complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

CIOB candidates need to hold an accredited honours degree. After obtaining the degree, graduates have to obtain two years' relevant experience. Those with a higher national certificate or diploma may join as associate members and upgrade to corporate membership through further study.

As a minerals surveyor, you may work towards NVQ/ SVQ Level 4 in Valuation and/or Spatial Data Management.


This is a small area of specialisation and opportunities reflect that.

Employers include private coal mining and quarrying companies, mineral estate owners, the Inland Revenue Mineral Valuations Office, large corporations and local authorities.

Some work as consultants, surveying and managing mineral estates on behalf of small mining companies or large landowners.

Those with experience of mineral extraction are in demand in the UK and overseas. Gaining experience and promotion often means moving to other areas where minerals are found.

Further information

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Surveyor Court
Westwood Way
Tel: 024 7669 4757

Chartered Institute of Building
Kings Ride
Tel: 01344 630700

Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Dominion House
Sibson Road
M33 7PP
Tel: 0161 972 3100

Other Useful Minerals Surveyor Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Minerals Surveyor job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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