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Construction management is the area of study and practice responsible for the upkeep and organization of construction sites, including building, resource management, establish timetables, work alongside architects, and ensure the safety and accurate progress on a given project. Individuals in this position supervise a team of workers who are capable and qualified.
Education and Schools
Most employers currently require construction managers to have a bachelor's degree in construction management or construction science. The required education is a response to growing complexity in construction projects and the need for educated persons to be able to oversee such complexity. Individuals will study building codes, costs, construction methods, as well as managerial techniques and other related subjects.
A curriculum may include:
- Resource and Operations
- Managerial Techniques
- Codes and Laws
- Construction and Methods
- Construction Technology
Individuals should seek out schools that explicitly provide education in construction management, as such programs may not be available at all schools. Specific program provides opportunities related to local, state and federal codes and other laws that are relevant to one's career and can assist greatly in getting an initial leg up. If programs are not readily available, students may work to create a degree program that provides a mixture of courses to emulate a construction management program through a more traditional management program.
Employment in this field is expected to increase steadily over the next decade. Solid growth is achieved through increase construction projects that will require educated and capable individuals in order to successfully be completed. Maintenance, retrofitting, and renovation are also responsible for continued work. As the industry for construction changes, individuals in this position should also be able to successfully navigate and organize crews in order to be more cost effective.
The Construction Managers Association of America is the only such organization dedicated solely to the interests of professional construction managers in the United State. The organization also promotes career development and research, as well as offer scholarships for students seeking an education in the field.