Construction Managers

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Construction managers oversee the planning and building of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. They may be self-employed or salaried employees for large construction firms and real estate developers. Others may contract their services on a project-by-project basis. There are approximately 239,640 construction managers employed in the United States. Construction managers are also known as construction foremen, supervisors, contractors, project managers, constructors, construction superintendents, project engineers, and general contractors.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Construction Foremen, Construction Superintendents, Construction Supervisors, Constructors, Contractors, General Contractors, Project Engineers, Project Managers
Duties Oversee the planning and building of residential, commercial, and industrial projects
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in major urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Several years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Construction Executive, or Independent Contractor, or Professor
  • Experienced Construction Manager
  • Assistant Construction Manager