A construction management career involves a wide range of responsibilities that require individuals to possess a diverse set of skills and knowledge. Construction projects are booming in many states and cities that range from building houses to creating large commercial projects. Now is a good time to undergo construction management training and enter this career.

Several career paths are available for construction management program graduates, and you should narrow them down to one or two while in a training program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for construction managers are projected to grow 5% from 2022 to 2032. An average of 38,700 new job openings are projected each year to 2032.

Construction Management Career: Residential Construction Manager

Construction CareerResidential construction managers build conventional houses and many other types of dwellings. This position is the typical starting point for beginning junior managers. The types of housing projects they work on include:

  • Single-family homes
  • Apartments
  • Condominiums
  • Townhouses
  • Duplexes
  • Government housing
  • Remodeling projects

Residential housing is the simplest to understand and complete. There are fewer construction details, shorter timelines, and fewer responsibilities compared to commercial projects. Managers oversee the construction from start to finish to ensure the work is high quality, stays within budget, and is completed on time.

Residential construction managers work for employers and as self-employed persons. They may specialize in building projects such as specific styles of homes, garages, laying foundations, or landscaping projects.

Commercial Construction Manager

Commercial construction managers work on business and industrial projects. Once managers master the residential construction industry, they may be prepared to work on more complex projects that can include:

– Retail stores                                                 – Schools

– Shopping centers                                        – Athletic buildings

– Medical facilities                                        – Government facilities

– Motels and Hotels                                      – Industrial plants

– Office buildings                                          – Remodeling projects

Commercial construction managers must have a broader knowledge and skills base than residential managers. The projects are subject to meeting more building codes, frequent inspections, and supervising more employees.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for construction managers are projected to grow 5% from 2022 to 2032.”

Cost Estimator And Inspector 

Construction Management CareerConstruction cost estimators and inspectors are additional career paths you may select. Cost estimators calculate either the total costs or parts of construction projects before they begin.  They examine factors such as materials, labor, equipment, subcontractors, and possible delays. They also compare the construction costs to expected revenue to determine profits.

Construction inspectors are employed by a city to ensure that buildings comply with building codes. They visit job sites to make sure contractors are following zoning regulations and contract specifications. When something does not meet a standard, the inspector points it out for corrective action.

Construction Management Career: Site Supervisor

Site supervisors monitor the progress of construction projects to ensure they are compliant with construction standards and safety regulations. Site supervisors also work with:

  • Construction workers and subcontractors, educate them on safety practices and evaluate employee performance
  • Ordering building supplies, scheduling equipment maintenance, and training new construction employees
  • Administering first aid when injuries and emergencies occur
  • Complying with building codes and interpreting building plans
  • Demonstrating leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills

A site supervisor’s job is similar to a construction manager’s job but with fewer responsibilities.

Construction Sustainability Consultant

Sustainability consultants work with organizations to create policies and procedures that promote sustainability in construction and other industries. Their duties include:

  • Analyzing construction processes and their impact on the environment
  • Helping companies thrive while disturbing the environment as little as possible
  • Developing and tailoring individual approaches for each building project
  • Creating strategies for energy and facilities management
  • Leading a cross-functional committee and reporting data results
  • Developing effective waste management and recycling procedures

Sustainability consultants work closely with marketing and sales to let the public know their companies are practicing sustainability. They help create communications to inform customers and the public how these efforts impact the environment.

Matching Your Skills And Ambitions To Careers

It is important to study the career paths available to construction managers while earning an associate degree. Take elective courses, externships, or internships that match your career goals. While in school, discuss the possibilities with instructors and the student services office. Visit our website to learn about our Construction Management (AOS) program.

Once you have narrowed your plans down to one or two paths, talk to someone currently working in these jobs. Ask questions, visit one of their job sites, or ask to shadow the person for a day or two. You get more of a realistic job preview by using these approaches. Contact us today for more information.

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