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Construction Manager

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Construction Managers Career Video

About This Career

Plans, directs, or coordinates, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participates in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversees its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway, Maintenance/Operations pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Plans, schedules, or coordinates construction project activities to meet deadlines.
  • Prepares and submits budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.
  • Interprets and explains plans and contract terms to representatives of the owner or developer, including administrative staff, workers, or clients.
  • Directs and supervises construction or related workers.
  • Prepares contracts or negotiate revisions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, or subcontractors.
  • Confers with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
  • Plans, organizes, or directs activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems.
  • Studies job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
  • Implements new or modified plans in response to delays, bad weather, or construction site emergencies.
  • Investigates damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites to ensure that proper construction procedures are being followed.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Concrete Foreman
  • Construction Area Manager
  • Construction Foreman
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Job Superintendent
  • Construction Services Manager