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Construction Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Plans, directs, or coordinates, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participates in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversees its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway, Maintenance and Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Confers with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
  • Plans, schedules, or coordinates construction project activities to meet deadlines.
  • Prepares and submits budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.
  • Inspects or reviews projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes or other regulations.
  • Inspects or reviews projects to monitor compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Plans, organizes, or directs activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems.
  • Studies job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
  • Investigates damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites to ensure that proper construction procedures are being followed.
  • Prepares contracts or negotiates revisions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, or subcontractors.
  • Develops or implements quality control programs.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work

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