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Construction Managers

Also called: Construction Manager, Construction Superintendent, General Contractor, Project Manager

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
  • Plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines.
  • Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.


Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Resource Management
  • managing your time and the time of other people
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • UDA Technologies ConstructionSuite
Project management software
  • CBS ProLog Manager
  • Oracle Primavera Systems software
Document management software
  • Axios Systems assyst
  • Daily Manager


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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