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by Raja Tahir on March 8, 2018 · 9:00 am
Are you interested in a career managing construction projects? If you are analytical with good decision-making and customer service skills, construction management could be a great career choice. Read on to learn:
Construction managers are tasked with planning, coordinating, budgeting and supervising construction projects from inception to completion. These projects can range from public, residential, commercial, and industrial structures.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction managers’ duties include:
Construction management is a promising career with growing job opportunities. According to the BLS, employment of construction managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
With overall construction activity expanding, the demand for construction managers is expected to grow as well. The BLS reports, “over the coming decade, population and business growth will result in the construction of new residences, office buildings, retail outlets, hospitals, schools, restaurants and other structures.” Improvements to and replacements of the national infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and sewer pipe systems, will also help the employment growth of construction managers.
Annual wages for construction managers can vary by location, experience and more. The median annual wage for construction managers was $89,300 in May 2016, according to the BLS. The pay is reportedly even better in California, with the BLS showing an annual mean wage of $107,530 in May 2016. California also shows the highest level of employment for construction managers in the nation with an estimated 32,590 jobs (May 2016).
Though they have their own main office, construction managers will spend the majority of their time working out of field offices at construction sites. According to the BLS, this allows them to monitor their projects and make daily decisions. Construction managers usually manage several different projects at one time, so they will be expected to frequently travel between their sites.
There are many different types of sites that construction managers will manage and these include industrial, commercial, agricultural, institutional, residential and heavy civil sites.
Construction management requires a lot of responsibility and hard work: You will be in charge of a construction project from beginning to end. In order to get the job done, there are important qualities that a construction manager should possess.
According to the BLS, these include:
Though certification isn’t required, the BLS reports that it is valuable as it shows potential customers that you have gained the knowledge and experience needed to take on a construction project.
The first step you can take to become a construction manager is obtaining an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
SJVC’s 14-month Construction Management program is offered both Online and on-ground in Ontario, California. The training program teaches students to manage residential and commercial construction projects. Our students are trained to prepare competitive project proposals, supervise construction sites, and effectively communicate with clients and workers. Construction Management students leave SJVC with an associate of science degree and ready for the management responsibilities they will face on the job at construction sites.
Request more information or call 866-544-7898 to speak with an admissions advisor about SJVC’s Construction Management Program.
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