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Construction Managers

What they do?

Construction managers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Hire and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff.

B. Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget

C. Prepare and submit construction project budget estimates

D. Plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress against established schedules

E. Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors

F. Develop and implement quality control programs

G. Represent company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiation

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 83.0%
2. Architectural engineering and related services - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. You usually need a university degree in civil engineering or a college diploma in construction technology as well as several years' experience in construction, including time spent as a construction supervisor or field superintendent.

2. You may need a master's degree in project management.

3. If you have extensive experience in the construction industry, you may not need a college or university education.

4. Some employers may require you to have professional engineering status or construction trade certification.

5. Many recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have a undergraduate unversity degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Business
3. Industrial Arts

What can you expect to make:

Hourly wages ($29.28) are above the national average ($18.07). These earnings are close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment sector. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Construction Managers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Construction Managers Wage By Age


2% of Construction Managers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for management occupations.


Construction Managers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Construction Managers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Construction Managers is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($29.28) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

3. The unemployment rate (2%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Construction Managers are found in Alberta and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in Newfoundland and Quebec.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (17%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Business management

3. Entrepreneurship skills

Part Time Workers

Construction Managers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

5% of Construction Managers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 45,000 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 13% since 1997. The percentage of part-time workers is 5% compared to the 2004 average (19%) and has stayed about the same since 1997.

Age Demographics

Construction Managers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average retirement age (62).

Self Employed

Construction Managers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 54% of Construction Managers are self-employed. This is considered The percentage of self-employed workers (54%) is above the 2004 average of 15% and has stayed about the same since 1997. for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Construction Managers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

13% of the individuals employed as Construction Managers are women. Compared to other industries, this is The percentage of women (13%) is below the 2004 average of 48% and has stayed about the same since 1997. .