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10. Construction Estimator
Construction Estimator
Travis Davis is field engineer and estimator with Flatiron Corp.
Best Jobs rank: 54
10-year growth: 25%
Median pay: $68,000

It may not be "sexy," but being an estimator is a vital component of a construction company, says Ty Freeland, corporate recruiting manager for Flatiron Corp., a heavy-construction firm.

Estimators generally project the time, labor and cost of each project and coordinate with designers, builders and subcontractors. Their numbers can decide if a company gets a job -- or underbids and goes broke. "It's all in the details," Freeland says.

The right person for the job should have a degree in civil engineering, at least 10 years of experience in the heavy-highway industry and some hands-on construction experience.

Previous experience in the military is also plus, Freeland says. "Solid leadership and integrity goes a long way." As does out-of-the-box thinking, since there are great opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment, like building a bridge in a way that does not disturb the surrounding wetlands.

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Last updated October 11 2010: 7:56 AM ET
Note: We looked at jobs from the top 100 with the highest 10-year growth rate. When there were multiple job titles from the same category, we selected the job with the highest current total employment.
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