Construction managers are highly paid professionals who, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earned an annual median salary of more than $87,000 in 2015. They are required to have a bachelor's degree in construction or a related field.
Construction management technology combines aspects of business and engineering, as well as construction. Professionals in this field typically work as construction managers who oversee the implementation of large and small residential and commercial projects. Some of their job duties include handling project scheduling, controlling costs and overseeing other construction workers.
Becoming a construction manager usually requires prior work experience in the field; a bachelor's degree in a field related to construction is another common requirement. Optional certification is available for experienced construction managers.
|Required Education||Bachelor's degree related to construction|
|Other Requirements||Work experience; optional certification|
|Projected Job Growth (2018-2028)*||10% for construction managers|
|Median Annual Salary (2018)*||$93,370 for construction managers|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Info for Construction Management Technology Professionals
Construction managers (also variously referred to as project managers, project engineers, general contractors and/or construction supervisors) oversee the construction of building projects and personnel. They also interact with other professionals, such as architects. Depending on the size of the project, construction managers might supervise all or part of a project, from start to finish. Responsibilities include taking care of logistical issues, such as obtaining necessary permits, determining construction schedules and devising cost-effective plans.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), work experience - obtained through means such as an internship or a construction trade job - is important to employers. Employers also tend to expect applicants to have a bachelor's degree in construction or a related area of study, such as building science or civil engineering. Degree programs in construction management technology offer courses in estimating techniques, surveying fundamentals, scheduling and project control. They also include courses in areas such as microeconomics, accounting, employee relations, urban planning and structural design.
It's becoming increasingly important for construction managers to become certified, according to the BLS. The Construction Management Association of America offers the Certified Construction Manager designation. Candidates must show proof of either a bachelor's degree in a related field; two-year degree in a related field and four years of relevant work experience; or high school diploma and eight years of work experience.
Job Outlook and Salary Info
The BLS predicted that demand for construction managers would increase by 10% between 2018 and 2028, which is consistent with the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for construction managers in 2018 was $93,370 per year, according to the BLS. Most of these professionals earned between $55,240 and $161,510.
Construction managers need extensive knowledge about building procedures and building codes in order to supervise workers at a building site and keep them on schedule and keep the project on budget. Their knowledge of construction is augmented by their business skills and ability to supervise, manage project costs and ensure work is completed on time.