Construction Project Manager

Work to get building projects completed on time and under budget.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$50,000 – $150,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Construction Project Managers do?

Construction Project Managers don’t design, engineer, or build anything, but they may be the most sought-after people on the construction site. Construction Project Managers are responsible for getting the project completed on time, under budget, with no errors. And when someone on the job site has a question about the project, the Construction Project Manager is the one to answer it.

In this position, you eat, drink, and breathe construction. You know all about technical drawings and specifications, the best subcontractors to use, and just what sorts of materials will stand up to the stresses of use. You put this knowledge to good use from the very beginning of the project.

Your work starts with attending design meetings, and making suggestions about costs and scheduling. Then you monitor the design phase as it progresses, making sure the completed work will be acceptable.

When construction is about to begin, you hire contractors to work on the project. You also order materials and inspect them when they arrive. Additionally, you obtain permits to ensure that your work is legal, then set up a construction schedule.

Each day, you inspect the work as it progresses. You may have a team of contractors to do day-to-day reviews and report to you, or you may do those reviews yourself. You do everything you can to keep the project on schedule and under budget. After all, you don’t want the bosses to give you a dressing-down for delays.

Should I be a Construction Project Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Construction Project Submanager, Environmental Construction Program Manager, Utility Division Project Manager

    How to Become a
    Construction Project Manager

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