Working in this field is likely to include both office and construction site work. Construction managers are in charge of building and maintaining structures, facilities and systems. Working with subordinate supervisory personnel, they take part in concept development before directing and coordinating project activities. Construction managers supervise countless details on a project, including:
- Obtaining work permits
- Hiring contractors
- Troubleshooting emergencies
- Organizing and scheduling
- Keep clients informed on work timetables and progress
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that construction manager jobs are projected to grow 16 percent, or faster than average, from 2012 to 2022. The average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent. That translates as nearly 80,000 new construction manager jobs.
Because they often oversee every stage of enormous, complex projects from blueprints to completion, construction managers command excellent salaries. Median annual salary in 2013 neared $85,000. Top earners brought home more than $145,000.
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