• Cost Estimators
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Cost estimators collect and analyze data to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor needed to manufacture a product or provide a service. They usually specialize in a particular industry or type of product.

What do they typically do

  • Develop project plans for the duration of the project
  • Identify and quantify cost factors, such as production time, materials, and labor expenses
  • Travel to jobsites to gather information on materials needed, labor required, and other factors
  • Read blueprints and technical documents in order to prepare estimates
  • Collaborate with engineers, architects, clients, and contractors on estimates
  • Consult with industry experts to discuss estimates and resolve issues
  • Work with sales teams to prepare estimates and bids for clients
  • Evaluate a product to recommend ways to make a product more cost effective or profitable

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