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Construction Manager

Overview: Construction managers provide engineering and management services to coordinate the building process for all types of construction projects. Their role is to integrate the design and construction phases of a project to assure economical cost, quality and scheduled on-time completion.
Duties: They provide pre-construction advice to clients about feasibility of the construction, availability of materials and labor needed, scheduling, job costs and alternative designs.

They develop detailed budgets for owners and investors of new construction projects. They recommend material specifications and purchasing deadlines. They solicit bids and negotiate contracts.

They manage safety programs for all work crews in compliance with building regulations and make recommendations for insurance coverage and payment plans for all subcontractors.

They coordinate and communicate the activities of construction teams throughout the entire design and construction phases to assure economical costs, optimum quality and on-time completion.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of construction managers is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. New construction of buildings to serve the growing population will help spur growth as will renovation and building of the nation's infrastructre.
Salary Range (National Average): $38,000 to $43,000
Growth: Growth
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree or a master's degree in construction management is the ideal preparation for this occupation. An associate degree can qualify you for assistant entry positions. Most college curriculum consists of a mix of courses from the departments of business management, architecture and engineering. This includes courses in construction sciences, contractual agreements, real estate law, labor relations, human resource management, materials and civil engineering, and work analyses methods.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.