Top 30 fastest-growing jobs by 2020
26. Cost estimators
Projected increase in 2020: 36.4 percent
Number employed in 2010: 185,400
Median pay in 2010: $57,860
Education/training: Bachelor's degree. Voluntary certification can be beneficial to cost estimators because it provides professional recognition of the estimator's competence and experience.
Job outlook: Employment of cost estimators, like that of many other construction workers, is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy.