What they do: Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
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What do they typically do on the job?
- Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
- Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
- Collect historical cost data to estimate costs for current or future products.
Career interests describe the perspectives and interests of people who enjoy the type of work involved in this career.
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People who want to pursue this career have knowledge in these areas.
Math and Science
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Accounting and economics
Engineering and Technology
Computers and electronics
Product and service development
Arts and Humanities
Whether you have received formal training or not, these types of abilities are helpful in this career.
Choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Communicate by speaking
Listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
Make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Use rules to solve problems
People who want to pursue this career have skills in these areas.
Reading work related information
Using math to solve problems
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Work values describe how your core beliefs align with those commonly needed for this career.
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
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Data for NSI career cards comes from the following: Idaho Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*NET, MyNextMove, and Career OneStop