Construction Supervisors

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Common job titles of Construction Supervisors include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 39.06% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 32.7% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Estimate material or worker requirements to complete jobs.

    Provide assistance to workers engaged in construction or extraction activities, using hand tools or other equipment.

    Analyze worker or production problems and recommend solutions, such as improving production methods or implementing motivational plans.

    Coordinate work activities with other construction project activities.

    Order or requisition materials or supplies.

    Confer with managerial or technical personnel, other departments, or contractors to resolve problems or to coordinate activities.

    Locate, measure, and mark site locations or placement of structures or equipment, using measuring and marking equipment.

    Read specifications, such as blueprints, to determine construction requirements or to plan procedures.

    Supervise, coordinate, or schedule the activities of construction or extractive workers.

    Assign work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs.

    Inspect work progress, equipment, or construction sites to verify safety or to ensure that specifications are met.

    Record information such as personnel, production, or operational data on specified forms or reports.

    Arrange for repairs of equipment or machinery.

    Train workers in construction methods, operation of equipment, safety procedures, or company policies.

    Suggest or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or hires.


Wood chisels

Wire strippers

Wire pulling machines

Wire cutters

Wire crimpers

Wheeled bulldozers

Wheel loaders

All Tools

Welding masks




Vacuum pumps

Vacuum cups

Utility knives

Two way radios

Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment


Transit levels

Tracked excavators


Tablet computers

Table saws

Swing stages

Surveying rods

Steel chisels

Slickline fishing tools

Skid steer loaders

Single-cut mill saw files


Scoring tools


Safety lanyards

Safety harnesses

Safety goggles

Safety gloves

Safety glasses

Saber saws

Rubber mallets


Refrigerant reclamation equipment

Refrigerant leak detectors

Putty knives

Pry bars

Protective ear plugs

Protective ear muffs

Pressure meters

Precision levels

Power washers

Power saws

Power polishers

Power nailers

Power lockouts

Power grinders

Power drills

Pointing trowels

Plumb bobs



Pipe wrenches

Pipe vises

Pipe threaders

Pipe cutters

Pipe benders

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Pallet jacks

Oxyfuel gas welders


Nut drivers


Mortar mixers

Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment

Megohm meters

Measuring tapes

Marking gauges


Layout squares



Insulated screwdrivers

Insulated adjustable widemouth pliers

Hydraulic knock-out punches

Hydraulic crimping tools

Humidity meters

Hand saws

Glass tongs

Glass lifters

Glass holders

Glass gloves

Glass cutters

Gas-powered generators

Fuel-burning kettles


Flow meters

Flatbed truck trailers

Flat head screwdrivers

Fish tapes

Dump trucks

Digital temperature analyzers

Digital cameras


Desktop computers


Concrete mixers

Concrete floats

Combination squares

Claw hammers

Clamp-on meters

Channel lock pliers

Chalk lines

Caulking guns


Bubble levels

Brick trowels

Blasting machines

Biscuit joiners

Bench vises

Band saws


Arc welding equipment

Analog temperature analyzers


Allen wrenches

Air compressors

Aerial personnel lifts

Adjustable wrenches

Acetylene welding equipment


Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Facilities management software

FranklinCovey TabletPlanner

HCSS HeavyJob

Intuit QuickBase

Inventory tracking software

Mi-Co Mi-Forms Client

All Technologies

Microsoft NetMeeting

Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Portfolio Project Management

Oracle Primavera Systems

Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate

Scheduling software


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.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Critical Thinking

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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.


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

Social Perceptiveness

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


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Active Learning

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


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

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

Quality Control Analysis

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

Judgment and Decision Making

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


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


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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