Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
- About 59 percent of cost estimators work in the construction industry, and another 15 percent are employed by manufacturers.
- Good job opportunities are expected; those with industry work experience and a bachelor's degree in a related field will have the best prospects.
- Voluntary certification can be beneficial to cost estimators; some employers may require professional certification for employment.