Quantity Surveying is a profession almost like that of a doctor or lawyer in that it combines formal qualification with specific training and experience that provides a general set of skills which are then applied to a diverse variety of problems.
Quantity surveyors work in professional quantity surveying practices, and in various other organisations. These include national and local government bodies and agencies, Contractors and Specialist Sub-Contractors, developers, financial, legal and insurance companies.
Some Quantity surveyors are trained in techniques of cost control and may use the term "Construction Cost Consultant". Their primary role is to ensure that projects are designed and constructed in such a manner as to secure value for money, cost certainty and achieve programme dates.
Some Quantity Surveyors specialise in project management, and their background and training provides a good foundation for understanding the complexities of modern large-scale projects.
Private Practice or Industry Based
Although all QS's will have followed a similar course of education and training (for those entering the profession today, this is usually to degree level), there are many areas of specialisation in which a QS may concentrate.
For the most part the MWA Subbie will encounter QS's who are either
a) Carrying out work on behalf of the Employer or Client organisation and are referred to as a "Professional Quantity Surveyor", or "PQS".
b) Work for construction companies and known as a "Contractor's Quantity Surveyor".