Job prospects Construction Estimator in Ontario

Job opportunities for Construction estimators (NOC 2234) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a construction estimator.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Ontario

construction estimator
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Construction estimators (NOC 2234) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of 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.

Most of these professionals work in the construction industry. A smaller number also work for companies that provide architectural and engineering services.

The demand for construction estimators will likely be favourable over the next few years, as the construction industry should see a fair level of activity. Numerous investments in public facilities, municipal services, and roadwork and bridges, will support work in this occupation. Several large-scale infrastructure projects in transit and power generationare also in progress or are set to begin. Steady business activity should bode well for this profession as well, as commercial construction stays moderate and a few sizeable industrial projects are in the works. While residential construction will ease in 2019, higher population growth continues to support residential projects such as condominiums in some of Ontario's largest urban centres.

The need for senior estimators with a broad range of experience handling large projects will be particularly strong over the next few years. Some of these professionals may specialize in a specific area of construction such as civil, infrastructure, or high-rise developments, and target opportunities in those fields. The use of newer construction models such as public-private partnerships (P3) and more complex bidding processes have increased demand for estimation expertise as well. 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.

Some employers prefer estimators that are certified by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and/or those that are Gold Seal Certified by the Canadian Construction Association. Positions often require knowledge of computer-aided design and drafting, computer estimation and takeoff software, and possibly project management techniques. Individuals may also need to be familiar with safety protocols such as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Knowledge of the Ontario Building Code and the ability to read and interpret blueprints, maps, and drawings is essential. Construction estimators may be required to visit various construction sites to assess projects and monitor progress so candidates usually need a valid driver's licence. Estimators with several years of experience may be able to move into construction management positions over time.

Here are some key facts about Construction estimators in the Ontario region:

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