There will always be a need for workers to help develop cities and build new facilities for people to work and live in; similarly, there will always be a need for managers to oversee those workers who help cities grow. Pursuing a career as a construction manager is a great choice and can provide many opportunities, especially for those who not only have natural strong leadership skills, but also those who have a knack for finances and technology. To learn a little bit more of what it would take to follow through with this career choice, continue reading below.
How much Can I Earn?
Most construction managers earn a hefty salary—the median salary was $83,860 in 2010, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment prospects are predicted to increase too, creating about 86,600 new jobs within the next decade the Bureau states. Of course, those with the most experience and necessary education will get the higher paying salary. What education is needed for an entry-level position? Any one of these online bachelor degrees should help get your foot in the door: construction management, construction science, or civil engineering.
What Will I Learn?
Those who pursue any of the online degrees listed above will learn all of the fundamental skills he or she needs to become a construction manager. For example, he or she will learn how to manage all types of construction projects, including overseeing the construction of commercial and industrial buildings; he or she will also learn how to stay within budget limits, as well as know the ins and outs of managing a “team” i.e. know how to properly schedule and take care of administrative tasks.
What Courses will I take?
The courses you take will vary depending on the particular program you pursue; however you will definitely take an abundant of math, science, and leadership courses during your first few semesters. You will then move on to take courses that will directly help you become a “project manager” such as construction equipment management, architectural design, architectural history, construction scheduling, surveying, contracting, and construction estimating just to name a few. No matter what the specific titles of the course are, collectively they will help you become an excellent project manager. To help boost entry-level employment opportunities however, you should definitely consider getting an internship to get some hands on experience. Again, because those with more experience are more likely to get hired.