Construction Managers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.

Common job titles of Construction Managers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 76% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 12% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines.

    Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.

    Direct and supervise construction or related workers.

    Plan, organize, or direct activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems.

    Evaluate construction methods and determine cost-effectiveness of plans, using computer models.

    Interpret and explain plans and contract terms to representatives of the owner or developer, including administrative staff, workers, or clients.

    Implement new or modified plans in response to delays, bad weather, or construction site emergencies.

    Prepare contracts or negotiate revisions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, or subcontractors.

    Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with environmental regulations.

    Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.

    Requisition supplies or materials to complete construction projects.

    Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.

    Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes or other regulations.

    Determine labor requirements for dispatching workers to construction sites.

    Apply for and obtain all necessary permits or licenses.

    Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites to ensure that proper construction procedures are being followed.

    Perform, or contract others to perform, pre-building assessments, such as conceptual cost estimating, rough order of magnitude estimating, feasibility, or energy efficiency, environmental, and sustainability assessments.

    Implement training programs on environmentally responsible building topics to update employee skills and knowledge.

    Develop or implement environmental protection programs.

    Develop construction budgets to compare green and non-green construction alternatives, in terms of short-term costs, long-term costs, or environmental impacts.

    Apply green building strategies to reduce energy costs or minimize carbon output or other sources of harm to the environment.

    Develop or implement quality control programs.

    Contract or oversee craft work, such as painting or plumbing.

    Secure third-party verification from sources such as Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) to ensure responsible design and building activities or to achieve favorable LEED ratings for building projects.

    Direct acquisition of land for construction projects.


Transit levels

Thermal imaging cameras

RGB cameras

Pocket personal computers PC

Personal computers

Multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles UAV


All Tools


Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems

Large-format scanners

Laptop computers

Gas detection sensors

Fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles UAV



Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk Revit

Cadsoft Design/Build


Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Trimble SketchUp Pro

All Technologies

AEC Software FastTrack Schedule

ArenaSoft Estimating

Axios Systems assyst

Bechtel Software SETROUTE

CBS ProLog Manager

CSI WSE CodeBuddy

Daily Manager

Drone image capturing software

Explorer Engineer

HCSS HeavyBid

HCSS HeavyJob

IMPACT software

Integrated construction management software

Internet browser software

Intuit QuickBase

ISS Construction Manager

Jobber Computer Plus

Lombardi Teamworks

Presentation software

Profitool GearWatch

Profitool software (human resources feature)

Profitool software (time accounting feature)

Quantum Software Solutions Quantum Project Manager

Sage 100 Contractor

Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate

Scheduling software

Site Manager

SRC Cash Flow Forecasting

UDA Technologies ConstructionSuite



Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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