Construction managers are responsible for the practical management and planning of every stage of a construction project.
They ensure building projects are completed safely, within budget and on time. As a construction manager, you’d oversee schedules of work and delegate tasks to your team to ensure that each phase of a build goes to plan.
Typical hours per week
41 - 43
How to become a construction manager
There are several routes to becoming a construction manager. You can gain the qualifications you need to start you on your career path by doing a university course or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these routes to becoming a construction manager, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could do a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or undergraduate degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Relevant subjects include building studies, surveying, estimating, construction or civil engineering, or construction site management.
You’ll generally need :
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.
You could do a higher or degree apprenticeship in construction management, or design and construction management. For this, you’ll usually need 4 - 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels (or equivalent).
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you’ve already worked as an estimator, building technician, surveyor or site supervisor for several years and have proven management experience or qualifications, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for a role as a construction manager.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a construction manager.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a construction manager include :
What does a construction manager do?
As a construction manager, you will be responsible for overseeing all the logistics of a construction project. Duties may include creating work schedules for your team, and allocating responsibilities.
You might also be required to conduct site visits and report to senior managers on project progress.
The role of a construction manager involves the following duties :
How much could you earn as a construction manager?
The expected salary for a construction manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.