In a typical work setting, cost estimators:
- 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.
- 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.