Construction Management

Earnings Potential

The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $42,120, and the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $126,330.

Facts at a glance

  • Construction managers must be available—often 24 hours a day—to deal with delays, bad weather, or emergencies at the jobsite.
  • Employers prefer individuals who combine construction industry work experience with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering.
  • Excellent employment opportunities are expected as the increasing complexity of many construction projects requires more managers to oversee them.

Summary of what this career entails

A construction manager plans, directs and coordinates many types of construction projects. The types of projects that are worked on include the building of residential, commercial and industrial residences, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and wastewater treatment plants. For the most part a construction manager is not directly involved in the actual building of the structure, but they are involved in scheduling and coordinating the designs and the construction process. They also are involved in the hiring of the people who will do the physical work, they also oversee the supervisors. A construction manager can be either salaried or self-employed. The construction managers that are self-employed work for either a construction management or contracting firm. Someone in this field has to have leadership skills, deal with people well and must be a problem solver, because many problems can arise at the same time during a project. An example of a problem that a construction manager may run into includes weather issues and delays. Knowing how to manage people and problems may be just as important as construction knowledge.

Examples and or details of work

Construction managers are very important in the building of new stadiums. For example the construction manager of the building of the new Shea Stadium is the person who is planning the design of the stadium, as well as the timeframe and the men and women who will actually work on the stadium. The position is also very important in the real estate industry because more and more people are looking to buy their first home, so said homes have to be built

Degrees that lead to this career

Degrees that lead to a career in construction management include construction science, construction management, construction engineering, business administration, finance, engineering, architecture, building science and there are also certification possibilities in the field. 

Specific Career openings in this field

Jobs in the construction management field include building equipment contractor, nonresidential building construction, residential building instruction, foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Construction Managers, on the Internet at