Signs a Career as a Construction Manager is for You

Signs a Career as a Construction Manager is for You

A Construction Manager is responsible for the completion of a construction project safely and to budget and deadlines. Here are the signs you’d make a good construction manager:


You have…


  • excellent communication skills and leadership skills
  • strong planning and organisational skills
  • resilience and the ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • attention to detail
  • commercial awareness
  • an awareness of health and safety procedures and legislation
  • numerical and IT skills, including knowledge of relevant building methods and project management software to manage information and finances during the project.


You want to…


  • plan and coordinate a project from start to finish, including organising the schedule of work, costings and budget
  • plan the work and oversee the buying of necessary materials and equipment
  • hire and manage staff for the project
  • manage the construction site on a day-to-day basis, including supervising the labour force, checking materials and inspecting work 
  • ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget by setting benchmarks, agreeing budgets and monitoring progress
  • promote and maintain health and safety
  • maintain regular communication with clients to inform them of progress on the project


You don’t mind…


  • 40-45 hour working weeks
  • occasional working outside of contracted hours close to deadlines
  • outdoor working
  • protective clothing
  • a low ratio of women to men in the industry


Getting started


A degree, Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, foundation degree or BTEC in one of the following subjects is advantageous:

  • construction management
  • building management
  • building studies
  • project management
  • engineering – including civil engineering
  • Surveying.

Alternatively, it is possible to enter the career at an entry-level position and gain experience and qualifications while working or by completing a formal apprenticeship. Experience in construction will give you the relevant knowledge and contacts require to progress in this field.


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