What is an Estimator in the Construction Industry?
10 March 2012
Author: Bill Wynn
One of the professions that Project Resource specialise in supplying to employers are Estimators. We always have jobs for Estimators and Senior Estimators. Estimators can work in contract Estimator jobs or permanent Estimator jobs. Estimating is a high demand, low supply profession in the UK, meaning it's a great career to get into if you want to be in demand, receive good pay and have lots of job choice.
So what is a Construction Estimator?
An estimator makes approximations and quantifies what materials and man power are required for the construction project. Then they make a cost analysis of what a project takes to complete, a close estimate of the actual cost. Obviously, getting this estimate right, making sure it isn't too far below or above the final cost, is what makes a construction estimator worth their weight.
There are several types of jobs open in this general construction field which are quite similar in role. A cost estimator position is often grouped under the same bracket as quantity surveyor or building surveyor. The popularity of estimator jobs is directly correlated with growth in the construction industry, as half of estimator jobs are provided by this sector.
Note that the construction industry, according to the Construction Skills Network, is predicting strong growth for the construction industry up to 2016. For those looking to enter into a career as an estimator in construction, it would be wise to gain a bachelor's degree in a related field now, while also accumulating work experience, either within or outside of the course.
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For those currently looking for a job as an estimator, there could not be a better time. The sector is growing, and there are plenty of opportunities available. Check out our top estimator jobs, or call our teams around the UK to talk over your job search or job vacancy requirements.