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First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades & Extraction Workers

Also called: Construction Foreman, Construction Superintendent, Construction Supervisor, Site Superintendent

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What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
On the job, you would:
  • Supervise, coordinate, or schedule the activities of construction or extractive workers.
  • Read specifications, such as blueprints, to determine construction requirements or to plan procedures.
  • Inspect work progress, equipment, or construction sites to verify safety or to ensure that specifications are met.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Portfolio Project Management
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Mi-Co Mi-Forms Client
Calendar and scheduling software
  • FranklinCovey TabletPlanner
  • Scheduling software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$60,380
per year, on average
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