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Job Description

An estimator in the construction industry is responsible for compiling estimates of how much it will cost to provide a client or potential client with products or services. They do this by working out how much a project is likely to cost and create budgets accordingly. They will also assess materials, labour and equipment required and analyse different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could start by taking a project controls technician advanced apprenticeship.

You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

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You could do a higher national diploma or degree before looking for work. Relevant subjects include:

  • structural engineering
  • civil engineering
  • construction
  • quantity surveying

Courses at this level usually include units on contract tendering, estimating and buying.

You'll usually need between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree.

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You could move into estimating work after getting work experience as an administrator, craftsperson, technician or surveying assistant.

More information

You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site

You could apply to join the Association of Cost Engineers for professional development, networking opportunities and industry news.

You can find more details about working in construction and engineering from Go Construct and Tomorrow's Engineers.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a project team leader, quality assurance inspector or contracts manager.

You could also move into a related area, like quantity surveying, supply chain or general management.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Building technician
  • Civil engineering technician
  • Construction contracts manager
  • Construction manager

Required Skills

  • Excellent maths and IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Project management skills
  • Organised in your approach
  • Ability to work to deadlines

Salary Range

£20,000 to £60,000

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