Occupation Profile

Industries Employing
 

Cost Estimators
(SOC Code : 13-1051)
in Orange County

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.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

Orange County is part of the Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine MD, which includes Orange and Anaheim-Santa Ana-Ir counties.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine MD20211st Qtr$42.20$27.50$37.00$54.36
Data for Orange County are not available. Data for Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine MD has been substituted.

View Wages for All Areas  About Wages
 

Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
Orange County 2018 - 20283,2703,4802106.43,540

View Projections for All Areas  About Projections
 

Job Openings from JobCentral National Labor Exchange[Top]
 
    Find a Zip code in Orange County




Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in Orange County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Building Equipment Contractors 2,87516.1%
Building Finishing Contractors 1,8409.5%
Building Foundation/Exterior Contractors7789.2%
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 3,0388.1%
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,1767.8%
Residential Building Construction 2,8727.8%
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,0426.2%
Utility System Construction 1072.8%
Natural Gas Distribution 112.4%
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction1141.8%
Printing and Related Support Activities 7521.8%
Architectural and Structural Metals 1611.7%
Architectural and Engineering Services 2,1851.5%
Automobile Dealers 9041.3%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 4,3271.1%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 481.1%

About Staffing Patterns
 

Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

About Training & Apprenticeships
 

About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Collect historical cost data to estimate costs for current or future products.
Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
Prepare estimates for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors.
Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work.
Prepare cost and expenditure statements and other necessary documentation at regular intervals for the duration of the project.
Assess cost effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops.
Set up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures.
Conduct special studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost data or to effect cost reduction.

More Tasks for Cost Estimators


Top Skills used in this Job
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

More Skills for Cost Estimators


Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

More Abilities for Cost Estimators


Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

More WorkValues for Cost Estimators


Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

More Interests for Cost Estimators

 
Related Links
LMI for Job Seekers
Local Area Profile
Compare Occupations
O*Net - The Occupation Information Network