Introduction to CareerThe Career I chose was construction manager. I chosethis job because it was the only one out of my top fivethat really interested me, and I would like to have a jobsomeday that is related to this one. Even though I’m nota hundred percent sure that I want to go into this field Ithink that I would enjoy it if I had to have this as a job. Thisjob is mostly about over seeing the project and makingsure that things get done.
Job Description• Helps to build all kinds of structures• Involved in Renovating and building additions• Orchestrate the entire construction process• Responsible for aspects of a project• Working with clients, architects, and engineers• Decide what order and when each part of the project is completedKeeping everyone organized and on schedule• Buy the materials• Arrange the rental equipment• Hire subcontractors•Do a lot of paperwork
Working Conditions• Spend a lot of time outdoors• In all weather conditions• Building sites• A lot of scheduling• Phone calls• Paperwork• Planning builds• Job can be stressful• A lot of traveling between office and jobsites• 8 to 9 hour work days; more can be necessary• Spend time in office environments
Training, Qualifications, &Education Required• Background in engineering orconstruction• 4-year bachelor’s degree in civilengineering or a related field• A skilled trade• Have the ability to solve problemsquickly and efficiently• Need to be thorough, detail-oriented, highly organized, and able towork well with other people.• Good oral and writtencommunication skills• Have business training
Job Outlook/ Employment• Expected to grow 17% from 2010 to 2020• The same average for all occupations• Only needed as the level and variety of construction projectsexpands• Making building energy efficient should create more jobs• Opportunities for qualified jobseekers are expected to be good• A substantial number of construction managers are expected toretire; this will open up more jobs
Earnings• Paid on an annual salary• Depends on seniority and experience• Salary is usually between $50,000 and $150,000 a year• Median is about $ 84,000 a year• Some construction managers working for large companiescan receive benefits (health insurance, paid sick leave, andvacation time) in addition to their salaries
Use of Technology• Accounting software (SRC Cash Flow Forecasting)1. Used to predict how much money will be spent on a project2. To determine how much they have already spent3. How much more they can spend• Presentation software program (Microsoft Power Point)1. Show the process of construction2. See the final outcome of the project3. Breaks down everything; can understand it better• Scheduling software program (AEC Software FastTrack Schedule and Scheduling Software)1. Keep track of deadlines2. Everyone on track
SummaryThis is the kind of field of workthat I am planning on goinginto but not this job exactly. I’dlike to be in something that hasmore activity involved and notas much paperwork orcomputers. Something morealong the line of architecture orjust plan construction are moreof what I’m looking at. But itwouldn’t be a bad job tohave, and I could live with it if itwas the only one open in thisfield of work.