Construction Manager

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from development to completion.

Construction Manager

Average Hourly Earnings



Bachelor's Degree


  • Prepare cost estimates, budgets, and work timetables
  • Interpret and explain contracts and technical information to other professionals
  • Report work progress and budget matters to clients
  • Collaborate with architects, engineers, and other construction specialists
  • Select, schedule, and coordinate subcontractor activities
  • Respond to work delays, emergencies, and other problems
  • Comply with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations
  • Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites to make sure that workers follow proper construction procedures

Work Environment

Construction managers may work from a main office, but most work out of a field office at the construction site. Those managing multiple projects frequently travel between sites. Most construction managers work full time, but meeting deadlines and responding to delays and emergencies often require long hours. Many managers may also be on call 24 hours a day.

Key Traits

Enterprising. Requires starting up and carrying out projects. Often involves leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often dealing with the business side of projects.