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


Product Sales

Construction Management

Contracting Firms

Specialty Trade Contractors

Home Builders

Construction Industry
Building Materials Industry
Real Estate Developers


Some Related Career Titles 

(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library).


Entry Level Jobs 



Engineering Tech


2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Assistant Project Engineering 

Project Engineering 


Operation Manager 






General Career Directions

  • Assistant Project Engineer
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Construction Foreman
  • Construction Proposal Writer
  • Cost Control Engineer
  • Estimator
  • Inspector
  • Land Acquisition Specialist 
  • Operations Manager 
  • 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 



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    Beginning Salary Range 

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

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    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



    Graduate Schools 

    Local Programs - Master of Building Construction and other related programs
    University of North Florida 
    Florida International University  
    University of Central Florida

    National Programs - Master of Building Construction and other related programs

    University of Kansas 

    Other resources for graduate program research





    Link To UNF Program 

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

    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