Construction managers are tasked with a large amount of responsibility and need to have a variety of skills under their belt. Since they oversee construction projects from early stages to completion, they must manage teams of people, communicate effectively with everyone involved, coordinate and ensure that everything is within budget and meets regulations. Managers need to have excellent interpersonal skills and leadership ability, as well as technical know-how.
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Becoming a construction manager is a relatively straightforward path, but the amount of education you have directly influences how much experience you'll most likely need.
High school graduates may become construction managers after years of experience, but typically this is only as a self-employed contractor rather than as an employee. It's also possible to obtain this position with an associate's degree in construction management or construction technology, but this still requires a wealth of experience.
Obtaining a four-year degree in construction science, construction management, architecture or engineering gives candidates the best chance at obtaining this position as swiftly and surely as possible.
As with any job, obtaining work experience prior to applying for this position can give you a much-needed edge. This can come by way of internships, cooperative educational programs and any jobs within the industry related to the position.
Actual construction experience can help as well. Learning the proper software can give you an edge as well; try to access or at least read about Bd4Build and WinEstimator. Knowing about construction codes are fundamental to the job, and demonstrating that knowledge cold will impress potential employers.
Aside from developing contacts through school and developing work experience, the best way to reach out to others and develop critical skills is to obtain one of two certifications. The Construction Management Association of America and the American Institute of Constructors provide education, tests and resources to help potential construction managers. They require some experience and the passing of a technical exam to enter, but both will make anyone a stronger candidate.
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