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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.

Increasing populations, environmental degradation and new technologies are impacting on the built and natural environments.

How we all respond to these changes and challenges is crucial to the future of our profession. Our opportunity is to shape and influence the world around us, improving global communities and enhancing daily life. We are now looking at trends within the marketplace for insight into how the profession can adapt – and continue serving the public interest.

How do you see the future?

Our recently launched Future of the Profession consultation focuses on five trends critical to the future of the built and natural environments:

  • urbanisation
  • climate change and resource scarcity
  • technological innovation
  • globalisation
  • changing demographics.

We want to hear your views on how these drivers of change will affect our profession, and how we can overcome new challenges and maximise new opportunities.

It’s easy to assess what we do today or what we did in the past. Trying to plan for the future is a much more daunting prospect.

Sean Tompkins
RICS, CEO

Get involved with our consultation

Help us identify the key areas for the profession to act on in the future, before the consultation ends on 16 October.

Take part in our consultation

Share your case studies

We also want you to share examples of the innovative ways you're already driving change in response to these challenges. If you’d like to share your experiences, please email us a completed case study form.

Email your case study

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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.

Urbanisation and the future of surveying

Urbanisation is the most striking phenomenon of the last century with the world’s urban population rising by an average of 65 million people a year over the last three decades.

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