Construction Estimators

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Construction Estimators

Construction Estimators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, cost estimators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a moderately high level of social contact. They spend most of their time talking to vendors and managers.
  • Are greatly responsible for the work outcomes of others.
  • Work as part of a team. This is very important because they may work with several teams at one time, such as management, design, or construction.
  • Communicate with people daily by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
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  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Mostly work indoors. However, cost estimators often inspect construction sites.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and highly accurate in their estimates. Errors can be costly and can affect the success of projects.
  • Repeat the same tasks over and over, such as researching costs and preparing proposals.
  • Meet strict weekly deadlines.
  • Work in a moderately competitive environment.
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  • Usually do not consult a supervisor before making a decision.
  • Can set most tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.
  • Make decisions daily that affect other people and their employer.


  • May travel to construction sites.
  • May work 40 to 50 hours per week, depending on project timelines.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.