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Future of the profession

As the profession changes at a rate faster than ever, keep abreast of market trends and insights, and explore the latest training and events.

If UN predictions come even close to true, then two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050 – that’s 6.5 billion people.

We’ve known since our RICS Futures programme in 2015 that our profession must create better environments for increasingly urban future generations. The need to address the urgent requirement for more food, shelter, water and power is extreme – time is running out. Our sector is best placed to meet these needs, but we must adapt our skillsets and business models and embrace rapidly advancing technologies. 

As your professional body, this project – the Future of the Profession – marks the next step on our ongoing journey to provide you with the tools to navigate the changing market, in the interests of both your businesses and society at large.

What happens next?

Our initial consultation ran from July to October 2018. We will be sharing the initial findings with you in the coming months. We will be using your feedback to provide an analysis of the immediate challenges facing the profession, together with longer-term opportunities and threats to consider. In the meantime, please continue to engage with us:

share your views about the future of the profession

Explore the future

To help you discover more about the issues changing the surveying profession, we’ve already started developing a suite of articles, resources and courses on the topics and trends of urbanisation, technological innovation and the natural environment.

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Global Trends and Challenges

See what our professionals and industry experts are already saying about the impact of global trends like urbanisation, climate change and technological innovation.

Technological innovation and the future of surveying

Natural environment and the future of surveying

To limit global warming to less than 2°C, the built environment sector needs to cut its carbon footprint by 84 billion tonnes. Emissions from existing stock must be reduced by 80%.

World Green Building Council/International Energy Agency

Training: develop future-proof skills and knowledge

Explore the topics and trends shaping the future of the profession