Construction managers are responsible for supervising the construction of various structures such as buildings, bridges, roads or dams at all stages of the construction process. They ensure that the construction site and construction personnel are compliant with safety regulations. They develop budgets and timelines to ensure that all stages of the project are completed within a certain time frame. They are required to exercise problem solving skills quickly and efficiently to solve problems which may arise on the site.
Construction managers generally carry out the following duties:
Consult with clients, construction personnel and other professionals to outline the project plans, budgets and timelines to meet customer satisfaction
Oversee the construction site and process to ensure that safety regulations are adhered to and timelines are met
Select and coordinate the activities of subcontractors
Solve construction and time related problems
It is usually required for Construction Managers to have a bachelor’s degree in a construction related field. Individuals with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree are often preferred by employers as this would reduce or alleviate the time needed to train. There may also be some moderate on-the-job training offered to new construction managers.
Forms of certification such as the Certified Construction Manager (CCM), offered by the Construction Management Association of America and the Associate Constructor (AC), offered by the American Institute of Constructors are available but not required.
Construction Managers are required to exhibit problem solving skills as well as business and managerial qualities. In order to test a Construction Manager effectively, employers usually administer the Business Math Test to analyze their reasoning and problem solving skills as well as business aptitude. The Cognitive IQ test is another favorable test which assesses the individual’s general intellect and analytical skills. Lastly, the work ethics personality test which would be used to assess an individuals readiness and ethical code of conduct.
2018 Median Pay
|$93,370 per year, $44.89 per hour|
Entry level qualification
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)