What Can You Do with a Construction Management Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Construction Management Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Construction Management Degree?

People who major in construction management usually go into construction management! However, not all graduates will start off as the boss. As a new graduate, you may work as a project manager assistant, a job foreman, or a heavy equipment operator in order to gain the experience necessary to work in management.

When you are ready, there are many opportunities for individuals with an education in construction management. Every construction project you see has one or more managers in charge. With a degree in construction management, you could end up working on homes, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, parking lots, hospitals, and even tunnels. There will likely never be a dull moment!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 61% of construction managers are self-employed, and 11% are employed by specialty trade businesses (e.g., plumbing, heating, and electrical). Others were employed in building construction, and by architectural and engineering firms. Even though the construction industry has been hit hard in this economy, BLS still predicts that employment of construction managers will increase by 17% through 2018.

Careers you can get with a degree in construction management include:

  • Building Inspector
  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Construction Manager
  • Contractor
  • Cost Estimator
  • Field Engineer
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Project Manager
  • Project Manager Assistant
  • Purchasing / Expediting Agent
  • Site Inspector
  • Specifications Writer
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