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How to Get a Job as a Construction Manager

If you're new to the field and want to boost your job opportunities, consider the benefits of a cooperative education program so that you can gain on-the-job experience while you study. Practical experience is one of the best ways to glean the technical know-how for the profession, but it’s also a chance for a construction manager to get his or her feet wet with project and people management. And although this step isn't required, earning certification is another way to be more marketable and competitive as a job seeker. The Construction Management Association of America awards the certified construction manager designation, and the American Institute of Constructors awards the associate constructor designation to those who have the required experience and pass a technical exam.

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Upward Mobility good Above Average
Stress Level poor High
Flexibility poor Below Average

What is the Job Like?

Working in construction management will be a mix of office and field work. Coordinating budgets, preparing project plans and analyzing appropriate construction methods might be done in the quiet of a firm’s main office. But it'll often be necessary to visit the construction site to assess progress and interact with the workers. For this reason, most construction managers also work out of a field office. Depending on the nature and location of the project, that could mean a lot of travel. This is particularly the case for managers overseeing more than one project at a time.

Larger projects might require several managers to tag team, and in general, this profession is a collaborative one. Construction managers consult constantly with the architects, engineers, electricians, cost estimators and the client to plan and complete a project. Long hours are common as deadlines approach, and many managers work on-call since job sites have irregular hours.

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