Construction Managers

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 213,720 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.

Quick Facts
Duties Oversee the planning and building of residential, commercial, and industrial projects
Alternate Title(s) Construction Foremen, Construction Superintendents, Construction Supervisors, Constructors, Contractors, General Contractors, Project Engineers, Project Managers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in major urban areas
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Several years of experience
  • Building/Trades
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Construction Executive, or Independent Contractor, or Professor
  • Experienced Construction Manager
  • Assistant Construction Manager

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