Building a profitable future: Construction management is an expanding industry

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A career in construction management is suited for someone who is interested in building and design, and working with people. It’s not only a profitable career, but construction management positions are in high demand by local companies.

“Currently, Dow Chemical has begun a $1.7 billion expansion of its facilities in Freeport and Phillips has invested $3 billion for two projects in Brazoria County,” said Teresa Proctor, Brazosport College Construction Trades Instructor. “These projects alone will employ an estimated 3,000 construction jobs, including those in construction management, for the next three years.”

Brazosport College’s Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management and one-year certificate provide students with a broad-based education with courses in construction management, safety and relevant courses in construction trades.

A degree in construction management allows students to seek employment as supervisors, project managers, estimators and schedulers. Brazosport College’s classes offer training employers in southeast Texas recognize because of the solid, well-rounded education it provides.

“Brazosport College prepares students entering the workforce with a well-designed curriculum that includes computer-based courses in estimating and scheduling,” Proctor said. “Success is a combination of opportunity and preparedness. Job opportunities are plentiful and now is the time to get prepared.”

Career Facts

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Construction managers plan, direct and coordinate a wide variety of construction projects, including residential, commercial and industrial structures.

Who is a good fit?

A construction manager is usually a dynamic individual with a variety of skills, including knowledge of building and construction, engineering, time management, and mathematics, among others. Construction managers often work for construction management firms, engineering firms, architectural firms, contractors and large corporations that manage their own construction projects.

Education

Most construction management professionals have some college training, a certificate, or a degree. Construction management students are familiar with blueprint reading, estimating and scheduling, materials, project manuals, big packages, contracts, delivery methods, and OSHA regulations.

Median pay

$29.58 hourly, $62,000 annual

Job outlook

Job opportunities are expected to grow by 3.8 percent over the next four years. Twenty-four percent of construction managers are over the age of 55 and will probably retire soon.

Source: Career Coach
(Brazosport.edu/CareerCoach)

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