What Can You Do With A Major In Building Construction?

Construction Managers are responsible for planning and directing construction projects. They inspect the construction, alteration, and repair of structures to make sure that they meet the terms of the regulations and contract specifications. They manage the equipment and any permits, licenses and contracts needed to carry out the specific plans of a construction project. They work for federal, state, or local governments and usually work in settings such as construction firms, architectural offices, governmental agencies, developmental firms, and at colleges and technical schools

Typical Career Paths

Building and Code Inspection

Municipal Contracts Management

Green Building Consulting

Contract Administration

Purchasing

Product Sales

Construction Management

Contracting Firms

Specialty Trade Contractors

Home Builders

Construction Industry
Building Materials Industry
Real Estate Developers

 

 

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees

 

Inspector   Estimator
Engineering Technician   Assistant Project Engineer
Project Engineer   Superintendent
Operation Manager   Assistant Superintendent
Construction Foreman   Construction Proposal Writer
Cost Control Engineer   Land Acquisition Specialist
Project Scheduler   Project Supervisor
Quality Assurance Specialist   Safety Engineer
Surveyor    

 

Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Building Automation/HVAC
  • Building Inspection
  • Building Supplies Wholesale
  • Business Management
  • Commercial Construction
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Estimation
  • Construction Management 
  • Construction Surveillance 
  • Recruiter/Construction Industry 
  • Green Construction 
  • Residential Construction 
  • Real Estate Development 
  • Self Employment 

 

Match This Major To Careers


Magnifying Glass And Exploration

 

Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com- Typical Salaries
Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $76,000 - From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Salary Resources

 

 

Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Institute of Constructors
Associated Builders and Contractors 
Associated General Contractors of America 
Construction Financial Management Association
Construction Management Association of America  

Construction Management Association of America
American Council for Construction Education
National Association of Home Builders
Home Builders Institute

National Association of Women in Construction

 

Job Search Information

National Organizations or Databases 

http://www.constructionmanagementdegree.com/handy-twitter-accounts/ -Construction Management Degree a site dedicated to construction education and resources. I found 105 great construction related twitter accounts
http://www.constructionjobs.com/

http://www.constructionexecutive.com/
http://www.constructionrecruiters.com/index.php
http://www.construction.com/CareerCenter/
http://www.aecjobbank.com/
http://www.constructionjobforce.com/
http://www.constructioncrossing.com/ 
http://www.constructionwork.com/  

 

 

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

 

 

Link to UNF Academic Programs

The  College of Computing, Engineering and Construction  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in Construction

 

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Gain experience in the construction industry through summer jobs or part-time jobs
  • Look to do internships in your junior and senior year to gain experience in the field
  • Gain a working knowledge of technology such as CAD, GPS,GIS, sensors, and estimation software
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities and students clubs (RA, Presidential Envoys, Peer Advisor, Student Government, fraternities, sororities, etc. )
  • Join a professional association for this career field