High school: Rogers High School | Age: 29 | Where I trained: NorthWest Arkansas Community College | What I earned: Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Design with an emphasis in Architectural Design and an Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology | Job title: Construction Estimator | Employer: Nabholz Corporation in Rogers
What does a construction estimator do?
Construction estimators calculate the estimated costs of construction projects to bid on jobs or to determine the price of products or services.
“[I love] new projects! It’s exciting to open a new set of drawings without knowing what to expect.” - Maria
• Analyze business or financial data.
• Estimate costs of goods or services.
• Assess the cost effectiveness of products, projects or services.
• Keep track of costs.
• Communicate with owners, architects and subcontractors.
• Attend pre-bid meetings and job walks.
Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas.
Average annual construction job openings in Arkansas.
Construction jobs in Arkansas by 2026.
• Construction Manager
• Drywall Installer
• Concrete Finisher
• Sheet Metal Worker
• Building Inspector
• Elevator Installer
• Elevator Repairer
"What people would find surprising about my job is the amount of collaboration, interaction and hours that needs to be invested by all — architects, engineers, owner, estimators, project managers, superintendents and subcontractors — prior to the start of construction in order to meet the owner’s needs, provide quality work and [create] a safe environment." –Maria, on what surprised her most about construction
High-end earners in construction estimation (top 10%) make
Median wages in Arkansas
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Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and CareerOneStop,org