WHAT DO CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS DO?
That person holding the blueprints on a building site? That's a construction manager. Construction managers, also known as general contractors or project managers, oversee and allocate resources for any number of construction projects, from houses and buildings to bridges and skyscrapers.
Construction managers are a part of the building process from the very beginning, working closely with architects and engineers to go over plans and blueprints, making timetables for the project, determining material and labor costs, negotiating with and hiring subcontractors and workers, scheduling workers on site, gathering permits and making sure everything is up to code.
For large scale projects, construction managers might work on specific projects in conjunction with other construction managers.
HOW MUCH DO CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual income of construction managers in 2010 was $83,860, or $40.32 an hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
A good combination of work experience and education is required for this job. Employers want someone with a background in the construction field, including years as a contractor, carpenter, mason, or other. Employers also look for someone with a bachelor's degree in a construction related field, such as construction science, architecture, construction engineering, or similar. There are also some 2-year degrees that might suffice for some employers.
Certification is available and becoming more important for employers. It is available through the Construction Management Association of America and the American Institute of Constructors.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Analytical Skills: Construction managers must be good at planning for large-scale, multi-step projects.
- Decision Making: Construction managers must make lots of decisions, such as picking subcontractors, materials, paints, and more.
- Management Skills: As the boss on site, construction managers must lead their teams, and keep them motivated and focused on the job.
- Communication: Good writing and speaking skills are needed by construction managers when communicating with employees, writing proposals, subcontractors, procuring materials and dealing with clients.
- Technical Skills: Construction managers must know construction methodologies, read blueprints and understand other technical aspects of construction.
- Time-Management: Deadlines are crucial in construction. Making sure that everything is on time and moving smoothly is a critical part of the job.
THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS
Construction manager jobs will grow about average with other jobs between 2010 and 2020.