Many of us may have pursuing the dream to become a successful construction cost estimator. Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular industry or type of product.
Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular industry or type of product.
Although cost estimators work mostly in offices, they often visit construction sites and factory floors. Some must work overtime to meet deadlines. A bachelor’s degree is generally required for entering the occupation. A few highly experienced construction workers may qualify without a bachelor’s degree. A strong background in mathematics is essential.
In accordance with the data of Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labour, the median annual wage for cost estimators is $58,860 – $60,000 on an average. It is a growing job trend as employment of cost estimators is projected to grow 26 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Overall job opportunities should be good as cost-conscious firms continue to rely on cost estimates.
The interesting thing about the construction estimating profession is that there are no set qualifications. It would be nice if a candidate has an engineering degree or at least a graduate degree, but in the United States, there are many people who are very successful estimators with little more than a high school education. It would be nice if candidate opting for this profession has 10 years of field experience in construction. But there are many examples that people become successful cost estimator without prior knowledge. A lot of what you need to do to become an estimator will depend on what the candidate want to estimate. If he/she is looking for a job estimating carpentry or concrete work the requirements will be less demanding than if he/she wants to estimate the cost of $400 million high rise towers or nuclear power plants.
Employers interviewing estimators will look for three (3) specific areas of credentials to satisfy: Education, Experience, and how the candidates present him/her. If the aspiring candidate have a degree in construction engineering, civil engineering or architecture then you have a big advantage to start with. If they don't have a construction related degree then try to complete a Certificate Program in Construction Estimating. Candidates can achieve this certificate at SDSU, Bucks County CC, American Society of Professional Estimators and CIWDC.
Field experience doing the type of work you will be estimating is very good to have. Experience producing successful estimates is the gold standard. If the candidate doesn't have experience then make sure that you satisfy the other two requirements that are Education and Presentation. How a candidate is presenting him/herself is important on several levels. The personality traits of good estimators are considered by some to be at least as important as education. Estimators must have an eye for detail, they must understand the value of money, they must be competitive and they must have an aptitude for mathematics. They must be analytical, adaptable, and technically oriented. Estimators often meet with clients and company management so they need people skills too.
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