Working in this field is likely to include both office and construction site work.
Construction inspectors and plan reviewers spend considerable time inspecting worksites, reviewing plans for code compliance, alone or as part of a team. Field inspectors may have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces, whereas plan reviewers spend time in office settings and meetings. Most work full time during regular business hours. 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 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering, coupled with construction experience, should have the best job prospects. 34,700 openings for construction managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
Because they often oversee every stage of enormous, complex projects from blueprints to completion, construction managers command excellent salaries. Median annual salary in 2019 neared $95,000. Top earners brought home more than $164,000.