Construction Managers


Overview

Construction Managers

Introduction

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 471,800 construction managers employed in the United States. Construction managers are also known as construction foremen, supervisors, contractors, project managers, constructors, construction superinte...

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Median Salary

$93,370

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Several years of experience


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Skills

Building/Trades


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Earnings for construction managers vary based on the manager's experience, the type of employer, and the location of the work. The median annual income for construction managers was $93,370 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent of these workers had annual earnings of less than $55,240 ; the highest paid 10 percent made more than $161,510. Constructio...

Work Environment

Construction managers work both indoors and outdoors. They typically work out of a central office, but spend a considerable amount of time at job sites. Although this career is not considered hazardous, job sites can be dirty and cluttered with tools, equipment, and construction debris.

Construction managers often travel between job sites—some of which may be located great distances from...

Outlook

Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 10 percent (faster than the average for all careers) from 2018 to 2028,according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A shortage of qualified workers; the growing complexity and number of construction projects; increasing demand for energy-efficient retrofitting of existing buildings; the need to improve roads, bridges, and sewer pipe systems...

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