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A bachelor’s degree is generally required to become a cost estimator, although some highly experienced construction workers may qualify without a bachelor’s degree.Education
Employers generally prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree. A strong background in mathematics is essential.
Construction cost estimators typically need a bachelor’s degree in an industry-related field, such as construction management, building science, or engineering.
Those interested in estimating manufacturing costs typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or finance.Training
Some newly hired cost estimators may receive on-the-job training, depending on their experience. Training may include learning a company’s cost-estimating software and techniques.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Some employers prefer that construction cost estimators, particularly those without a bachelor’s degree, have previous work experience in the construction industry. For example, experienced electricians and plumbers can become construction cost estimators if they have the necessary construction knowledge and math skills.
Candidates interested in becoming cost estimators can also gain experience through internships and cooperative education programs.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Voluntary certification can show competence and experience in the field. In some instances, employers may require professional certification before hiring.
The following organizations offer a variety of certifications:
Estimators must generally have at least 2 years of estimating experience and must pass a written exam to become certified.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Cost estimators consider and evaluate different construction and manufacturing methods and options to determine the most cost-effective solution that meets the required specifications.
Detail oriented. Cost estimators must pay attention to details, as minor changes can significantly affect the overall cost of a project or product.
Math skills. Cost estimators calculate labor, material, and equipment cost estimates for construction projects. They use software, such as spreadsheets and databases, and they need excellent math skills to accurately calculate these estimates.
Time-management skills. Cost estimators often work on fixed deadlines, so they must plan their work in advance and work efficiently and accurately.
Writing skills. Cost estimators write comprehensive reports, which often help managers make production decisions.
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Hispanic or Latino11.3%
Black or African American0.4%
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Arizona State University8.2%
Lawrence Technological University6.6%
University of Florida4.9%
San Jose State University4.9%
University of Kentucky4.9%
Texas State University4.9%
Boise State University4.9%
Pennsylvania State University4.9%
University of Phoenix4.9%
Florida International University4.9%
California State University - Sacramento4.9%
Ball State University4.9%
University of Alabama3.3%
Western Carolina University3.3%
Central Connecticut State University3.3%
Georgia Southern University3.3%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale3.3%
Utah Valley University3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Construction Estimator||Us Tech Construction Corporation||NY||Nov 20, 2015||$130,000|
|Construction Estimator||Us Tech Construction Corporation||NY||Sep 01, 2015||$130,000|
|SR. Commercial Construction Estimator||DPR Construction, A General Partnership||Redwood City, CA||Nov 23, 2016||$110,000|
|Construction Estimator||HDG Consulting Inc.||NY||Oct 01, 2011||$109,000|
|Construction Estimator||Rivco Construction LLC||New York, NY||Oct 18, 2015||$100,000|
|Solar Construction Estimator||Sunpower Corporation||Richmond, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$96,255|
|Solar Construction Estimator||Sunpower Corporation||Richmond, CA||Oct 21, 2014||$93,000|
|Construction Estimator||Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 10, 2015||$91,476|
|Construction Estimator||MCSS, Inc.||Holmdel, NJ||Dec 22, 2014||$89,710|
|Estimator III, Construction||Aecom Technical Services, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 19, 2015||$87,734 -
|SR. Commercial Construction Estimator||DPR Construction, A General Partnership||Redwood City, CA||Apr 06, 2015||$87,027 -
|Pre-Construction Estimator||Woolems, Inc.||West Palm Beach, FL||Nov 14, 2012||$85,956|
|Construction Estimator||Americon Construction Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 04, 2016||$85,000|
|Construction Estimator||Century 21 Construction Corporation||Clifton, NJ||Feb 08, 2013||$70,000|
|Estimator, Construction||Dharam Lally and Smith||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2013||$70,000|
|International Constructor Estimator||B.L. Harbert International, LLC||Birmingham, AL||Sep 23, 2015||$68,141|
|International Construction Estimator||B.L. Harbert International L.L.C.||Birmingham, AL||Jul 03, 2016||$68,141|
|Pre-Construction Estimator||Woolems, Inc.||West Palm Beach, FL||May 23, 2012||$67,000|
|Construction Estimator||ABC&Ny Construction, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 03, 2014||$66,784|
|Senior Construction Estimator||King Rose of Ny, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$66,477|
|Construction Estimator||Lease Crutcher Lewis Wa LLC||Seattle, WA||Sep 17, 2015||$57,980 -
|Construction Estimator||Lease Crutcher Lewis||Seattle, WA||Sep 13, 2014||$57,980 -
|Construction Estimator||Lease Crutcher Lewis Wa LLC||Seattle, WA||Sep 17, 2014||$57,980 -
|Heavy Construction Estimator||Zachry Construction Corporation||Grand Prairie, TX||Mar 08, 2016||$57,783|
|Heavy Construction Estimator||Zachry Construction Corporation||Grand Prairie, TX||Jun 08, 2016||$57,783|
|Construction Estimator||King Rose of Ny, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 28, 2016||$56,500|
|Construction Estimator||ABC&Ny Construction, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 11, 2016||$56,349|
|Construction Estimator||ABC&Ny Construction, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 03, 2014||$56,349|
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