Jordan Schmitz
A Career as a Construction Manager

Career Goal- Construction Manager

Career Overview

Construction mangers- Have set schedules just as any manager of a company does. also they keep an eye on finances, make sure there workers are where they are suppose to be and on time. They ensure that there aren't any safety hazards and try to make it as fun but as safe as they can make it. Construction Managers are hired to lead and oversee a variety of specific construction projects from start to finish. It could be a simple remodeling job or a big project like building a house from the ground up. Two-Thirds of today's construction managers are Self Employed.

Construction managers use there commonsense and brainpower to ensure their job gets done right and by the due date. Not only that but they have to be on the job all the time to ensure their workers are doing what they are suppose to be doing and not doing anything dumb that is going to cost them in the long run.

Finally Construction Managers draw up there blue print and pin it up where all there workers can see it. So that they know exactly what to do and when to do it. Which for some it can be hard to read the blue print but they can still get a good idea of what the manager is talking about and what he/she wants done. They have a lot of stress because they have to ensure that the job gets done how the manager wants it done. even the slightest mistake can cost a laborer their job.

Career Skills and Interests

Listen to Others, Complex Problem Solving, Instructing, Persuasion & Service Orientation.

Effectively using these skills will give an advantage on most construction managers. Because yeah a lot of them know what to do and how to do it, but very few can break it down in simple terms and explain it step by step. By doing that you make it way easier for your workers to grasp, you also bring your workers together because then they can be like wow this guy is not a fruit cake, he actually knows what he is talking about we better listen and not ignore him.

More importantly if you do not use these skills even though you have them, you will lose them and be sitting in the same position as all the other construction companies. this is one big problem that I've witnessed the manager will come in put a blue print up and say get to work. now only the ones that have been there for awhile will get right to work while the new comers sit there, not because they don't know what to do but because they don't know how the manager wants the work done because different managers have different standards.

Career working conditions

construction workers do not care about the working conditions they work in the extreme heat and if its snowing raining regardless the weather you will find a construction workers working that is the one down fall in joining the construction field. construction managers held about 485,000 jobs in 2012 and 57% of them were self employed. although many of the Managers work in an office they still have to be on the job as much as possible because they have to insure the safety of there laborers.

My Interview summary

My interview actually had a lot to do with my career because not all houses are made just out of wood many of them like to have stone in their house. So i did my interview with my dads best friend at work Mike now mike has been there much longer than my dad which helped me out in the long run because he has the experience. Mike taught me many things about the job itself and gave me some words of wisdom if there is any career that you think you'd see yourself in go out and meet with them to see if you will actually like it. also if there was a career that you wanted to go in hit the books hard and tell yourself that you will do anything to get into that occupation.

Career wages and out look:

Construction laborers are paid by their construction managers. now the construction managers are paid by the contractor after the job is complete.

Construction managers make $39.80 an hour and yearly bring in $82,790

Now they are paid based on how good the work that they did is. Also any mistake that is made costs the company not the contractor.

this is growing faster than normal meaning there will be a lot of job opportunities opening up.

the benefits in being a construction worker is you get health insurance, Life insurance, Paid vacations.

Career Related Occupations:

Architect Brick Mason


Program Of Study- Construction Manager

Program Overview

Most of the construction managers are self-employed and picked up their business from a lost one. The most popular degree for a construction manager is an Associates degree. But most of it just comes from being around it your whole life.

Program Admission

being that most of them have an associates degree many of them continue on for that bachelor's degree.

this is what you should major in to become one. obviously not all of them just a couple of them you should focus on.

Program Typical course work

  • Professional Practice
  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Time Management
  • Quality Management
  • BIM
  • Sustainability
  • Cost Management & Value Engineering
  • Safety
  • Risk Management

This is what a typical day looks like for you if you would like to become a Construction Manager.

Related Programs:


blue print reading

Business management

schools that offer my career of choice.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rating: 5.0 Read all Reviews

College degrees offered: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degre

Brigham Young University, Idaho

Rexburg, Idaho

Rating: 5.0 Read all Reviews

College degrees offered: Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree

Arizona State University, Tempe

Tempe, Arizona

Rating: 4.0 Read all Reviews

College degrees offered: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, Virginia

Rating: 4.5 Read all Reviews

College degrees offered: Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Rating: 4.5 Read all Reviews

College degrees offered: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, Massachusetts

College degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Rating: 4.5 Read all Reviews

College degrees offered: Certificate Program, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree

College Choice

Louisiana State University-Louisiana

Size and Location- LSU is located in Baton Ruge, Louisiana and there are about 10,000 plus undergraduates.

Admission requirements:

Application Deadline April 15

SAT / ACT Scores Due August 1

Application Fee ($40)Required

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School GPA Required

High School Rank

High School Transcript

College Expenses-

Tuition & Fees$4,558$17,566

Room & Board$8,670$8,670

Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500

Other Expenses$2,890$2,890


costs for in and out of state

Grants and Scholarships-

Louisiana Library Association Scholarship$3,00005/01/2014

College of Engineering Scholarship Varies 11/15/2014

Chancellor's Alumni Scholarship$14,67012/01/2014

Alumni Association Top 100 Scholarship$10,40012/01/2014

Nonresident Fee Waiver$5,30012/01/2014

Centennial Award$2,05012/01/2014

International Student Scholarship Varies 01/01/2015

LSU Distinguished Freshman Award$8,000

Man ship Scholarship$3,000

College of Agriculture Scholarship$2,000

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