Unlock Your Future: Transitioning to a Rewarding Career in Estimating

Apr 2, 2024 | Community

Estimating – preparing accurate costs of potential projects – is critical to the success and profitability of any company!

Are you ready to elevate your career in construction? Here’s why estimating might be the next step for you:


  1. Government Investment Impact: The recent surge in infrastructure investments by government entities has created a significant demand for construction projects. This, in turn, has led to a remarkable 12% increase in construction estimating jobs over the last five years, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With roads, bridges, and public facilities requiring evaluation and budgeting, skilled estimators are essential for managing these projects efficiently.


  1. Income Potential: Estimating offers a promising income trajectory. Entry-level estimators typically start with a median annual salary of $55,000, but with experience and expertise, this figure can escalate significantly. According to the BLS, experienced estimators can command over $100,000 per year, making it a financially rewarding career choice.


  1. Sustainability and Compliance: As environmental concerns continue to shape the construction industry, sustainability requirements and evolving regulations have become paramount. This has resulted in a 10% rise in specialized estimating positions, as highlighted by BLS data. Estimators with expertise in green building practices, energy efficiency, and compliance regulations are highly sought after, promising a fulfilling career path aligned with global sustainability goals.


  1. Competitive Bidding Demand: The construction sector is experiencing robust growth, with an estimated 8% annual increase in construction projects, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this competitive landscape, accurate cost estimation is crucial for securing contracts and winning bids. Skilled estimators adept at analyzing project specifications, labor costs, and material expenses are in high demand, making it an opportune time to pursue a career in estimating.


  1. Cost Control and Risk Management: Estimators play a pivotal role in cost control and risk management within construction projects. Their ability to accurately assess project expenses, identify potential risks, and develop contingency plans contributes to project success and profitability. This critical function has led to a 9% growth in construction estimating careers, as reported by the Department of Labor, underscoring the increasing recognition of estimators’ value in mitigating financial uncertainties.


  1. Specialized Services Opportunities: The construction industry encompasses various specialized sectors, each with unique requirements and challenges. BLS statistics reveal a significant 15% growth in estimating positions within niche sectors such as healthcare and renewable energy. Estimators with specialized expertise in these fields are essential for accurately estimating project costs, navigating industry-specific regulations, and ensuring successful project outcomes.


Why ASPE Online Estimating Courses?

Equip yourself with the fundamentals you need to succeed in estimating with ASPE online courses. Learn at your own pace, gain valuable skills, and position yourself for a rewarding career in construction estimating.

Ready to make the leap? Explore ASPE’s online courses today!


You can benefit from the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) high-quality, online training to bridge the knowledge gap!


Our affordable entry-level 8-week courses are offered April 15 – June 7, 2024. Beginner or expert, enroll today and you can be finished before Summer!


And GREAT NEWS! Thanks to a new partnership between Builders Exchange Michigan and ASPE, GRBX members receive a $50 discount per course!


The courses are individual enrollment, so you can take one or many! All courses incorporate video lessons, digital knowledge checks, practice application activities, and access to subject-matter-expert facilitators.



If you choose to complete all six courses, you will earn the ASPE Certificate in Construction Estimating, highly coveted by employers in the industry. Employers have found that publicizing this certification invites additional business opportunity from potential clients.


To receive the discounted GRBX member registration rate of $525 per course (a $50 per course cost reduction), use this unique link to create a GRBX member profile (click here for step-by-step instructions or contact Katie1@grbx.com for details), then register for any of the six courses listed above. By creating your GRBX member profile FIRST, you will automatically receive the discounted GRBX member rate when you register for a course.

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