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Estimator

Overview: Estimators evaluate the proposals and bids by contractors who supply workers and materials or machinery, equipment or services. They examine the contractor's past reputation, prices, schedules, etc. to select a contractor and negotiate the contract specifications.
Duties: They compare proposals and cost estimates submitted by vendors and suppliers to determine which one best meets the organization's requirements.

They confer with organization management and with the vendors about any ambiguous aspects of the proposals.

They select the vendor based on reputation and ability to meet the quality and schedules needed by the organization.

They oversee the vendor's progress to assure the performance and the payments conform to the original terms and conditions.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of contract specialists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 especially for such activities as food and janitorial services, space planning and design, energy, telecommunications, and grounds and equipment maintenance and repair is increasingly needed for business and other organizations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $37,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree or a bachelor's degree in business administration is the usual educational requirement to qualify for an entry position in this occupation. Courses in business contracts and law, statistics, economics, marketing and computer applications are important.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.