Construction Manager

About the job

Construction managers oversee all aspects of worksites and construction projects. They plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise all phases of construction from the start of a project to its completion.

What you'll do

Construction managers oversee most of the personnel working on construction sites. They develop a detailed construction schedule, and they coordinate with electricians, HVAC mechanics, and plumbers, among others, to ensure projects stay on schedule and within budget.

The path


When beginning this career, a budding construction manager will likely work as an assistant under an experienced manager. He or she may stay in this position for a couple of months to a few years before being promoted to management. 

Construction management is a unique field as many managers have worked their way up from trade or engineering positions, while others have earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management. Currently, certifications are not required, but they are becoming increasingly popular. When beginning his or her career, a construction manager will likely work as an assistant under an experienced manager. He or she may stay in this position for a couple of months to a few years before being promoted to management.

All the other details

Types of managers

  • Project Managers
  • Superintendents
  • Cost Estimators

Skills

 

Analytical skills
Business skills
Communication Skills
Customer-service skills
Decision-making skills
Leadership skills
Speaking skills
Technical skills
Time-management skills

 

What you'll get paid

 

The average starting salary is $91,370-$95,630 but will vary depending on experience and training.