Construction Estimators prepare and deliver estimates and cost plans for construction projects up to the tender settlement stage.
Assists construction managers, architects and surveyors in planning and organisation.
Interprets plans, regulations and codes of practice.
Calculates costs and estimates time scales.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 91% of people employed as Construction Estimators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 25 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Construction Estimators work in the Construction industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Construction Estimators||All Jobs Average|
Around 68% of Construction Estimators live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Construction Estimators is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 12% of the workforce. This is 36 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Construction Estimators||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.3||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A formal qualification in building and construction estimating, construction management or a related construction field is usually needed to work as a Construction Estimator. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
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- AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Construction Estimators||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||5.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||3.7||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Using maths to solve problems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
55%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
54%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
52%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
46%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
46%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
68%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
66%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
64%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
63%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
60%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
57%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
49%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
47%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
45%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
44%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
44%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
34%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
31%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
61%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Read and understand written information.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
See details that are far away.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
74%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
73%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
73%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
71%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
70%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
69%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
68%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
68%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
68%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
67%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
66%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
62%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
62%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
59%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
58%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
58%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
56%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
56%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
93%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk with people face-to-face.
90%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
87%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
87%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
86%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
85%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
Work to strict deadlines.
82%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
77%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
72%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
70%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
69%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
64%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
58%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
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