Construction Manager

Construction Area Manager, Construction Manager, Construction Superintendent, General Contractor   More Names
Job Superintendent, Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent

Construction managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. They participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation.

Construction managers plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines. They prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports. They inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, environmental regulations, or other regulations. They also plan, organize, or direct activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems. Construction managers confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems. They plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines.

Construction managers typically work outdoors, which means that they are subject to inclement weather, but they may spend about a quarter of the time inside in environmentally controlled conditions. The managers typically work the hours that construction is underway, that is, irregular hours.

Construction managers must have a knowledge of the materials, methods, and the tools involved in construction; the practical application of engineering science and technology; and the design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. As managers, they also must be able to apply the business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. They must be skilled in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications; as well as the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Employers increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor's degree in a construction-related field. However, some managers may qualify with a high school diploma and by working many years in a construction trade. Employers look for individuals with a variety of certifications, such as the Construction Management Association of America Certified Construction Manager (CCM) credential, the Institute of Constructors Associate Constructor (AC) credential, the Institute of Constructors Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) credential, and the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) credential.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
5% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $68,050 - $119,710    Hourly: $33 - $58

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education:

Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

5% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $68,050 - $119,710

Hourly: $33 - $58