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Construction managers coordinate the entire construction process -- from initial planning and foundation work through the final coat of paint. Being a construction manager requires organization, attention to detail, ability to persuade, and an understanding of all aspects of the construction process.

Education
All construction managers point to on-the-job experience and technical, construction, and business courses as very important to their careers. Most construction managers earn a Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering, civil engineering, building construction, construction management, or construction technology before beginning their careers. Others begin working as construction workers after high school -- either as carpenters or concrete or steel workers -- and complete apprenticeship programs, two-year junior college programs, or classes in math, building codes, and blueprint reading.

Fast Facts
Number of people in profession: 234,210*
Percentage male: 90
Percentage female: 10
Average hours per week: 40
Average starting salary: $36,000
Average salary after five years: $60,000
Average salary after 10 to 15 years: $100,000

People You Will Work With
Architects, engineers, accountants, construction workers, and suppliers.

* Based on a 1999 National Science Foundation survey


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