Construction Estimators prepare and deliver estimates and cost plans for construction projects up to the tender settlement stage.

    You usually need a formal qualification in building and construction estimating or construction management to work as a Construction Estimator. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Construction Estimators.

    Tasks

    • Assists construction managers, architects and surveyors in planning and organisation.
    • Interprets plans, regulations and codes of practice.
    • Calculates costs and estimates time scales.

    All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

    • $1,838 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Construction Estimators

    • 4,600 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 12% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Construction Estimators (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 4,100 in 2011 to 4,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Construction Estimators work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 12% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction80.7
    Manufacturing8.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.9
    Wholesale Trade2.0
    Other Industries5.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateConstruction EstimatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.431.6
    VIC26.925.6
    QLD22.520.0
    SA6.97.0
    WA14.110.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketConstruction EstimatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-247.9-9.39.3
    25-3428.8-22.922.9
    35-4424.5-22.022.0
    45-5419.8-21.621.6
    55-598.0-9.09.0
    60-646.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    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.
    Type of QualificationConstruction EstimatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree28.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV29.3-21.121.1
    Year 1213.8-18.118.1
    Year 112.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.7-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in building and construction estimating or construction management to work as a Construction Estimator. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Construction Estimators.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Construction Estimator.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mathematics

      75% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    2. Building and Construction

      68% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    3. Engineering and Technology

      66% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      64% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    5. Administration and Management

      63% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      94% Important

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    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      93% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      90% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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