Construction Management Jobs
Construction managers are responsible for successful completion of the entire construction project so they are in great demand all around the country. Despite the recent economic downturn, federal stimulus packages are helping the construction industry grow. Many state governments are able to hire contractors to work on new building projects, new highway projects and new mass transit systems. These large construction jobs require the firm supervision and dedicated organizational abilities of construction managers.
Employers increasingly prefer to hire a construction manager who has a degree from a 2-year, 4-year or graduate institution, although it is possible for an experienced construction worker to be promoted to this position. It is also possible for an experienced worker to be encouraged to get a degree by his employer, and the employer can sponsor the worker financially by paying for part or all of the degree expenses. It is easier to find a job if the construction manager has a degree.
Construction management jobs are available now. In fact, there are currently many more than ten thousand jobs available for construction managers in the fields of commercial, residential and public construction in the U.S. and overseas. If a construction manager is willing to travel overseas or across the border, there are many job opportunities available.
Depending on the size of the company and the amount of responsibility a construction manager must undertake, salaries can range from $30,000 to more than $110,000 per year. Some employers provide bonuses in addition to regular salaries, and some even provide generous benefit packages and retirement funds. Jobs are also available for freelance construction managers. Those who are self-employed have the freedom to take only the jobs that they want, but are not able to participate in benefit plans or retirement packages.
Construction managers must be willing to work all hours and under time pressure constraints because of unforeseen emergencies and delays in projects. They must also work well with others because they will be often required to be a liaison between the project investors (or owners) and the labor force. They must have knowledge of safety regulations and are responsible for obtaining all required licenses and permits for the construction job. The responsibilities are many but the pay is excellent.
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