Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians perform technical functions to assist Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors by supervising and inspecting construction sites, estimating time, costs and resources, inspecting plumbing work, and collecting and evaluating survey data and preparing maps and plans.
assisting Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors in planning and organisation
interpreting plans, regulations and codes of practice
preparing preliminary sketches, working drawings and specifications
preparing, editing and revising plans, maps, charts and drawings
coordinating works programs
inspecting work and materials for compliance with specifications, regulations and standards
calculating costs and estimating time scales
collecting data using surveying instruments and photogrammetric equipment
performing routine computations and plotting preliminary data
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 82,200 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 89% of people employed as Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than half of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $2,069 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,591
- 1 in 4 earn more than $2,502
Median hourly earnings are $51, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 63% of Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 11% of the workforce. This is 37 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A formal qualification in a relevant field is usually needed to work as an Architectural, Building or Surveying Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
Registration or licencing may be required.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||4.9||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||5.8||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
54%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Reading work related information.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
69%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
67%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
63%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
60%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
58%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
57%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
49%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
47%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
46%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
35%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
35%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
35%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
See details that are far away.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
68%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
67%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
67%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
66%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
65%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
63%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
62%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
57%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
57%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
57%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
57%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
56%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
55%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
55%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
54%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
53%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
52%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
51%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
49%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Talk with people face-to-face.
94%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Talk on the telephone.
92%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
92%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
91%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
91%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
89%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
88%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
87%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
82%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
81%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
80%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
80%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.