Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to make a product or provide a service.Work Environment
Cost estimators work mostly in offices, and some estimators also visit construction sites and factory assembly lines. Most work full time.How to Become a Cost Estimator
Most cost estimators need a bachelor’s degree, although some workers with several years of experience in construction may qualify without a bachelor’s degree.Pay
The median annual wage for cost estimators was $66,610 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of cost estimators is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.
Despite limited employment growth, about 17,800 openings for cost estimators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.State & Area Data
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