Building Site Management
The building site manager's job touches every aspect of construction, including planning, hiring, ordering equipment and scheduling the delivery of materials. Read about work duties, job prospects, salary potential, and degree program information.
Is Building Site Management for Me?
As a building site manager, also known as a construction manager, you would coordinate activities at a construction site. You would contribute to the construction design, as well as the budget and schedule. You would also make decisions regarding storage, security, scaffolding, heavy equipment and the delivery of building materials. You may also hire, schedule and supervise construction workers and specialty contractors. You would also maintain presence on-site to motivate workers, monitor progress and make adjustments.
Working in building site management you might work in a variety of areas. Some examples might include general contracting, project management or real estate development. You might even gain employment as an on-site superintendent. You could also choose to work in estimating, financing, materials testing or scheduling. Job titles might include construction supervisor, construction superintendent, constructor, general contractor, project engineer or project manager.
Salary and Employment Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of construction managers was expected to increase 16% from 2012-2022 (www.bls.gov). This represents faster than average growth compared to other professions. In May 2013, the BLS reported construction managers earned an average annual wage of $92,700.
How Do I Work in Building Site Management?
Experience in the construction industry is one way to become a building site manager, but the typical building site manager is a graduate of at least a bachelor's degree program in building science, construction science or a similar program, such as construction management, which can include courses in drafting, applications of construction equipment and job site management.
Programs covering building site management can be found at community colleges, usually at the undergraduate certificate level and associate degree program levels. Studies might include construction procedures and techniques, building safety codes, reading plans and designs, mechanical systems, performing calculations and administration.
Master's degree programs in construction management are also available. Online programs might be available as well, like an online associate degree program in construction management.
Industry certification is offered by the American Institute of Constructors (www.aicnet.org) and the Construction Management Association of America (www.cmaanet.org). Certification requirements include education, experience and successful completion of technical examinations. In most cases, certification is voluntary, though some employers prefer to hire job applicants who are credentialed.