New Program Spotlight
The need for professionally trained construction managers has increased in recent years. The Associated General Contractors of America, the American Institute of Constructors, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the National Association of Home Builders, and various other national associations have urged colleges to educate people for management positions in the large and rapidly expanding construction industry. Baker College is responding to this need by starting to offer construction management bachelors degree program.
Graduates of this program may begin their careers in a variety of positions involving construction project management, cost estimating, construction safety, project planning/scheduling, and contract administration.
According to U.S. Department of Labor Statistics:
- Nature of the work: Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate a wide variety of construction projects, including the building of all types of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, roads, bridges, wastewater treatment plants, and schools and hospitals. Construction managers may oversee an entire project or just part of one. They schedule and coordinate all design and construction processes, including the selection, hiring, and oversight of specialty trade contractors, but they usually do not do any actual construction of the structure.
- Job outlook: Faster than average employment growth is expected. Additionally, excellent job opportunities will exist as the number of job openings exceeds the number of qualified applicants.
- Employment change: Employment of construction managers is projected to increase by 16 percent during the 2006-16 decade, faster than the average for all occupations. More construction managers will be needed as the level of construction activity continues to grow. Population and business growth will result in more construction of residential homes, office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and other structures that require construction managers.
- Job prospects: Excellent employment opportunities for construction managers are expected through 2016 because the number of job openings will exceed the number of qualified individuals seeking to enter the occupation.
- Earnings:Earnings of salaried construction managers and self-employed independent construction contractors vary depending upon the size and nature of the construction project, its geographic location, and economic conditions. In addition to typical benefits, many salaried construction managers receive bonuses and use of company motor vehicles.
Median annual earnings of wage and salary construction managers in May 2006 were $73,700. The middle 50 percent earned between $56,090 and $98,350. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $43,210, and the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $135,780. According to a July 2007 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, people with a bachelor’s degree in construction science/management received job offers averaging $46,930 a year.
Job Description for Construction Managers
- Oversee construction supervisors and workers.
- Schedule and coordinate all construction processes, including the selection, hiring, and oversight of specialty trade contractors.
- Responsible for coordinating and managing people, materials, and equipment; budgets, schedules, and contracts; and safety of employees and the general public during construction.
- Evaluate varies construction delivering methods and determine the most cost-effective delivering system.
- Direct and monitor the progress of all construction activities.
- Track and control construction costs and schedule to forecast completion date.
- Meet regularly with owners, trade contractors, architects, and government officials to monitor and coordinate all phases of the project.