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Hot Job How To: Construction Manager

Construction manager

Based on your feedback, we're running weekly articles to provide more detailed information on securing some of best jobs out there for veterans, along with a list of four things you need to secure these jobs. This week's hot job: Construction Program Manager.

Construction Managers: Profile

Construction Managers are tasked with a large amount of responsibility and need to have a variety of skills under their belt. Since they oversee construction projects from early stages to completion, they need to be able to manage teams of people, communicate effectively with everyone involved, coordinate, and ensure that everything is within budget and meets regulations. Managers need to have excellent interpersonal skills and leadership ability, as well as technical know-how. 

Education

Becoming a construction manager is a relatively straightforward path, but the amount of education you have directly influences how much experience you’ll most likely need. High school graduates may become construction managers after years of experience, but typically this is only as a self-employed contractor rather than as an employee. It’s also possible to obtain this position with an associate’s degree in construction management or construction technology, but this still requires a wealth of experience. Obtaining a 4-year degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering gives candidates the best chance at obtaining this position as swiftly and surely as possible.

Marketable Skills

As with any job, obtaining work experience prior to applying for this position can give you a much-needed edge. This can come by way of internships, cooperative educational programs, and any jobs within the industry related to the position. Actual construction experience can help as well. Learning the proper software can give you an edge as well; try to access or at least read about Bd4Build and WinEstimator. Research construction codes – knowing them are fundamental to the job, and demonstrating that knowledge cold will impress potential employers.

Connections

Aside from developing contacts through school and developing work experience, the best way to reach out to others and develop critical skills is to obtain one of two certifications. The Construction Management Association of America and the American Institute of Constructors both provide education, tests, and resources to help potential construction managers. They do require some experience and the passing of a technical exam to enter, but both will make anyone a stronger candidate.

Helpful Resources

If you're ready to dig into the job search, check out industrial production manager listings on Monster.com.

Construction Management Association of America

American Institute of Constructors

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