Construction estimators – NOC 2234 PR


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people actively working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7, 2016, when the unemployment rate was 7.8% in SDG and 5.3% in PR.


of People Working in this Occupation

46.2% of the workforce has a college diploma or certificate

15.4% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

15.4% of the workforce has an apprenticeship or trade certificate

15.4% of the workforce has a university degree or diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

50.0% of the workforce is age 25 to 34

21.4% of the workforce is age 45 to 54

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

58.3% of construction estimators work in the Construction sector

16.7% work in Retail Trade

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is good.

Employment growth will lead to several new positions.

Several positions will become available due to retirements.

There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 15.1% – 16%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Most of these professionals work in the construction industry, largely as specialty trade contractors. A smaller number also work for companies that perform various architectural and heavy civil engineering projects.

The demand for construction estimators will likely be relatively strong over the next few years, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Job opportunities in this field depend on the amount of construction investment from the private and public sectors.

The need for senior estimators with a broad range of experience handling large projects will be particularly strong over the next few years. Entrants to this occupation may come from a range of backgrounds such as construction engineering, project management, architectural or civil technology. There are indications that a fair proportion of college graduates from these programs are able to find a job in estimation or in a closely related field upon graduation. Some individuals may also enter this occupation after several years of experience in a construction building trade because of the close relationship between estimators and subcontractors.

Positions often require knowledge of computer-aided design and drafting, computer estimation software, and possibly project management techniques. Construction estimators may be required to visit various construction sites to assess projects and monitor progress, so candidates usually need a valid driver’s license.