What Construction Managers Do Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish. Many construction managers have a main office, but spend most of their time working out of a field office at a construction site, where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities. The need to meet deadlines and respond to emergencies often requires construction managers to work many hours.
How to Become a Construction Manager
Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field.
The median annual wage for construction managers was $87,400 in May 2015. Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 5 percent by 2024. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering, coupled with construction experience, will have the best job prospects.