Cost Estimators (13-1051)

Occupation description:  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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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 209217 3.87 1422
United States 217,900240,800 10.57,200 14,90024,390

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 32.9017.7923.42 30.3439.5850.97
Alaska 40.4225.1930.27 38.8650.0459.78
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 41.2626.1831.42 38.1652.5361.20
Fairbanks North Star Borough 36.0425.6127.82 31.5244.8952.83
Balance of State 42.3321.9327.46 45.2054.0561.01

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
20720 9.753.1 43.8
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation68
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation23
UI claimants previously working in occupation30
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 73
Number of job position postings 25
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Computer Business Solutions LLC   (Anchorage)
Project Level 1
Project Level 2

 Degree
Alaska Pacific University   (Anchorage)
Accelerated Business Administration & Management/Master of Business Administration BA/MBA
Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program Certificate Certificate
Alaska Native Governance BA
Business Administration AA
Business Administration and Management BA
Graduate Studies in Entrepreneurship Certificate
Graduate Studies in Investments Certificate
Information and Communication Technology MBA
Master of Business Administration MBA
Strategic Leadership MBA

 Degree
Central Texas College, Fort Richardson/Elmendorf AFB   (Fort Richardson)
Business Management AAS

 Degree
Central Texas College, Fort Wainwright   (Fort Wainwright)
Business Management AAS

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Business Administration AAS
Business Administration BS

 Degree
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Aviation PhD
Aviation Business Administration AS
Aviation Business Administration BS
Business Administration in Aviation MBAA
Leadership MS
Management MSM
Project Management BS
Project Management MS
Technical Management AS
Technical Management BS

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
EPA/AHERA Project Design Initial - 24 Hours Certificate
EPA/AHERA Project Design Refresher Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Business and Management AAS
Business Specialist I Certificate
Business Specialist II Certificate

 Degree
Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Business Administration MBA
Business Administration in General Management BS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Business Administration AA
Business Administration MBA
General Management MBA
Logistics & Supply Chain Operations OEC
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Consortium BS
Mechanical Engineering MS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
General Business AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
General Business AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
General Business AAS
General Program AA

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Business Administration BBA
Business Administration MBA
Mechanical Engineering BS
Mechanical Engineering MS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Applied Business AAS
Applied Business CT1
Applied Business Management CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Applied Business AAS
Applied Business Management CT1
Applied Business Management CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Applied Business AAS
Applied Business CT2
Applied Business Management CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Applied Business AAS
Applied Business Management CT1
Applied Business Management CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Applied Business AAS
Applied Business Management CT1
Applied Business Management CT2
Business CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Applied Business AAS
Applied Business Management CT1
Applied Business Management CT2
Rural Utilities Business Management OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Business Administration AAS
Business Administration BBA
Business Administration GLI
Business Administration MBA
Business Administration MPA

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Business Administration AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Business Administration AAS

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Business Internet Security
Business Management Essentials Certificate
Drafting with AutoCAD
Microsoft Project Pro Complete
Small Business Management

 Degree
Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Business Administration (BBA) BA
Business Administration (MBA) MBA
Management (D.Mgt.) D.Mgt.
Management (MAM) MA
Organizational Leadership (MA) MA

 Degree
Wisdom & Associates, Inc.   (Kenai)
NAHB's Business Management for Building Professionals