A female surveyor from Erdington in Birmingham is on her way to achieving a major qualification.
Dawn Walsh a building surveyor with Stevens Scanlan, is training for registration to join the Surveyors and Valuers Association.
Once she receives her SAVA accreditation she will be one of the few female surveyors to have achieved it.
Since leaving university, and during the two and a half years she has been working with Stevens Scanlan at their Solihull practice, she has been specialising in a type of surveying that is almost completely carried out by men - building pathology.
Ms Walsh said: "When a valuation or homebuyer survey is undertaken, the surveyor often identifies problems or defects which require further investigation. I go further by inspecting the property, producing a report to describe the defect, then I determine what is causing it, give advice on remedial work needed and estimate the costs of rectification.
"Traditionally, building pathologists have come from a structural engineering background which explains why the profession is predominately male.
"I took my building survey degree at the University of Central England and I was the only female student. In fact, I've only ever met a couple of other female building surveyors since graduating."
In addition to preparing residential building pathology reports and building surveys for homes all round the West Midlands, Ms Walsh carries out a variety of commercial surveying work.