A Career As A Construction Manager

By: Paul Lang

Career Goal: Construction manager

Career Overview

Construction managers control what is going on with in the business such as where to send people how much to bid on certain jobs what is the best method to complete the job and what equipment is needed to do so. They may use meet green building standards like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design . They may hire workers with certifications or train workers to use green building skills.

Construction managers check on the progress of construction activities. They make sure materials arrive on time and are what was ordered. They monitor the quality of the work and worker safety. Managers make sure they have all the necessary permits. They track and control construction costs in order to avoid overspending. They prepare reports about progress on the project. Construction managers meet on a regular basis with owners, contractors, and architects to monitor the project.

Career Skills and Interests

  • Express ideas clearly when speaking.
  • Listen to others and ask questions.
  • Read and understand work-related materials.
  • Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order.
  • Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.
  • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Be aware of others’ reactions and understand the possible causes.
  • Solve problems by bringing others together to discuss differences.
  • Persuade others to approach things differently.
  • Look for ways to help people.
  • Analyze needs and requirements when designing products.
  • Inspect and evaluate the quality of products.

Career Working Conditions

  • Sometimes work indoors in an office, or outdoors at a construction site.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels, such as from earth-moving equipment, that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Wear protective equipment often, such as hard hats, when touring a construction site.
  • Are exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on the weather.
  • Have a high level of social contact. They work with owners, trade contractors, architects, and other design professionals.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes and the results of other workers.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations in which workers or clients may be unpleasant, angry, or rude.

Career Wages and Outlook

the wages can vary depending on how big of a employer you are and how big of jobs you take on

Hourly wage-- $41.19

monthly wage-- $7,138

yearly wage -- $85,680

career Related Occupations

Program of study- Architectural engineering

Program of Overview

Architectural engineer programs prepare you to make the blue prints or layouts for builds and structures that you need to build

Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • English Composition
  • Physics

Program Typical Course Work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Architectural Design Fundamentals
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Construction Materials and Methods
  • Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • Dynamics of Framed Structures
  • Economics
  • Electronic Circuits

Related Programs

Schools that Offer my Program of Study

Bemidji State University

Minnesota University Mankato

College Choice
Bemidji State University

College Info

Size and location- Bemidji State is located in the town of Bemidji Minnesota there are about 5,300 undergraduate students that attend Bemidji State University

Admission requirements- ACT score 21 or higher and top 50% of class

College expenses- tuition: 8,134 books: 862 other expenses 1,500 room and board: 7,256

Financial aid- need based and merit scholarships

Housing- there are 5 available dorms on campus

activities- football basketball there is a beach you can rent ice fishing houses and boats to go out on the lake.

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