Construction Project Manager

Career Information

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A project manager oversees construction projects. He or she hires and supervises specialty . Project managers may also be called construction managers, construction superintendents, and construction foremen.

Employment Facts

There were 551,000 project managers employed in 2008.

In the past project managers usually rose through the ranks after years of working as , , plumbers or . Now, many employers prefer to hire people who have earned a bachelor's degree in construction science, construction management, building science or civil .

Other Requirements

In addition to a , to become a project manager one also needs work experience. It can be obtained through an , or through paying jobs in the industry. One must have good oral and communications skills, strong interpersonal and decision-making skills, and the ability to multi-task. Since things don't always go as planned, a project manager must be able to work well under pressure.

Certification of project managers isn't required, but it can be a valuable asset. are available from two : the and the .

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth in this field to be faster than average through 2018.


Project managers earned a  of $82,330 in 2009.

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A Day in a Project Manager's Life

On a typical day a project manager's tasks may include:

  • Scheduling the project in logical steps and budgeting time required to meet deadlines.
  • Conferring with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors and design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, and construction problems.
  • Preparing contracts and negotiate revisions, changes, and additions to contractual agreements with , consultants, clients, suppliers, and subcontractors.
  • Preparing and submitting budget estimates and progress and cost tracking reports.
  • Interpreting and explaining plans and contract terms to , workers, and clients, representing the owner or developer.

, US Department of Labor, , 2010-11 Edition, Construction Manager, on the Internet at (visited December 6, 2010).
Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Project Manager, on the Internet at (visited December 6, 2010).