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A land buyer is responsible for helping businesses and individuals to purchase land that is suitable for construction. As a land buyer, you’ll identify suitable sites for building projects, determine whether planning permission is required and establish whether there will be any constraints on what can be built.
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There are several routes to becoming a land buyer. You could do a university degree, an apprenticeship, or apply to an employer directly.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
In some cases, you will be required to hold a degree in a relevant subject to become a land buyer. Subjects include:
Alternatively, if you have a degree in a non-specific subject, such as economics, law or maths, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.
To study for an undergraduate degree, you’ll usually need 2 - 3 A levels, or equivalent.
Your local college or training provider may offer courses in IT, business or legal administration, which would help to start you on your career path to becoming a land buyer.
You’ll need a minimum of 3 GCSEs, including maths and English.
You could complete an apprenticeship to become a land buyer. You could train in IT or administration with a construction company or enrol on a civil engineering apprenticeship to gain skills that would enable you to become a trainee land buyer after your studies.
You’re likely to need a minimum of 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have experience within the property sector, such as an estate agent, or sales and lettings negotiator, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain on-site experience as a land buyer. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced land buyer and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a land buyer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a land buyer include:
As a land buyer, you’ll be responsible for identifying and deciding which land is appropriate for your clients’ construction projects. You may be involved in projects involving new build residential sites, office buildings, hospitals, or retail parks.
The job role of a land buyer involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a land buyer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest land buyer vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As a land buyer, you could move into a related field such as a surveyor or building surveyor. You could also progress within your role and become a team leader or land negotiator.