Major and Career Links

Area
Employer
Information/Strategies

Construction/Operations Management

  • Management of:
    • Human Resources
    • Financial Resources
    • Materials
    • Equipment
  • Scheduling
  • Estimation
  • Cost Control
  • Coordinate Trade Contractors
  • Direct or Monitor Construction
  • Review Technical Documents:
    • Engineering
    • Architectural
  • Compliance:
    • Legal Requirements
    • Building and Safety Codes
  • Construction Type Includes:
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Industrial
    • Bridges and Roads
    • Agricultural
    • Paving and Excavation
    • Renovation and Remodeling
  • Project Management
  • RELATED FIELDS
  • Building and Code Inspection
  • Municipal Contracts Management
  • Green Building Consulting
  • Contract Administration
  • Purchasing
  • Product Sales
  • Construction management or contracting firms
  • Specialty trade contractors including:
    • Plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, electrical
  • Home builders
  • Construction industry
  • Building materials industry
  • Real estate developers
  • Engineering and architectural firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Self-employment/Contract work
  • Local government
  • Educational institutions
  • Large corporations
  • Gain practical, technical experience in the construction industry through summer jobs and internships.
  • Learn to work well with a wide variety of people as construction managers must communicate effectively and build relationships with engineers, architects, skilled tradespeople, homeowners, and more.
  • Develop the ability to see the big picture but also be detail-oriented to be successful with project management. Skills in teamwork, leadership, time management, and decision-making are also important.
  • Be prepared to work outside as you may spend significant amounts of time at a work site.
  • Get experience with relevant technology including CAD, GPS, GIS, sensors, electronic information transfer, and estimation software.
  • Join relevant student organizations and seek leadership positions.
  • Become a good problem solver and develop tolerance for unexpected changes or problems, e.g. weather problems or unforeseen delays.
  • Be willing to start as an assistant to an experienced construction manager.
  • Research certification programs offered by the American Institute of Constructors and the Construction Management Association of America.
  • Construction Science/Management degrees prepare students for a wide variety of positions in the construction industry. Research opportunities to find a good fit for your interests and skills.