A construction manager, coordinates, budgets, and supervises construction projects from start to finish. Other job titles include general contractor or project manager. Construction managers oversee a variety of construction projects, such as buildings, roads, and bridges. Daily they deal with many people in so many fields, a construction manager must possess skills in areas like business, customer service, technical and time management.

Although construction managers spend most of their time at the build site and, due to deadlines and emergencies, they often work long hours, even be on call 24 hours a day. They also coordinate the work of many specialists, such as electricians, carpenters, and civil engineers. Most construction managers start their career by working in one of the trades (specialties) of the construction.

Students interested in construction management should strive for a bachelor degree, preferred in addition to construction experience by larger companies. Several accredited universities offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Technical colleges often provide 2-year certifications. Construction management for residential building may not require a degree, but certainly requires a strong understanding of financial planning and organization, along with leadership skills.

The job outlook for a construction manager is currently growing as fast as the general jobs outlook. Similar jobs include architect, civil engineer, landscape architect, and architectural and engineering managers. Construction for new buildings can go in cycles and demand changes as population and the economy of cities grow at different rates.

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