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Construction managers oversee and coordinate building projects from start to finish. They collaborate with engineers, architects, and other professionals to complete initiatives, as well as estimate and budget costs. They may work on a variety of building types, such as residential and industrial structures, and infrastructure types, such as roads and bridges.

Construction Management: Education and Licensing Requirements

Examples of recommended coursework for potential construction programs are listed below:

  • Design
  • Cost estimation
  • Project control and management
  • Building codes and standards

Some schools also offer master's degrees in construction management for students who want to advance their education in the subject. Employers typically hire construction managers as assistants under experienced managers before advancing them.

Professionals may want to earn an optional certification in the discipline to validate their skills. Here are some examples of potential certifications and the organizations that offer them:

  • Associate Constructor (American Institute of Constructors)
  • Certified Professional Constructor (American Institute of Constructors)
  • Certified Construction Manager (Construction Management Association of America)

Students and professionals looking for more details on certification can visit the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) websites.

Career Outlook for Construction Management Majors

Several contributing factors to expected growth and job creation in construction management are listed below:

  • Expansion of overall construction activity.
  • Growing focus on making buildings more energy efficient.
  • Need to upgrade or replace bridges, roads, and sewer pipe systems.


American Institute of Constructors, http://www.professionalconstructor.org/

Construction Management Association of America, http://cmaanet.org/

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