Construction Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the construction of civil engineering projects, buildings and dwellings, and the physical and human resources involved in building and construction.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed. Workers normally have at least 5 years of relevant experience instead and around half have a Certificate III/IV as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • interpreting architectural drawings and specifications
  • coordinating labour resources, and procurement and delivery of materials, plant and equipment
  • consulting with Architects, Engineering Professionals and other professionals, and Technical and Trades Workers
  • negotiating with building owners, property developers and subcontractors involved in the construction process to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget
  • preparing tenders and contract bids
  • operating and implementing coordinated work programs for sites
  • ensuring adherence to building legislation and standards of performance, quality, cost and safety
  • arranging submission of plans to local authorities
  • building under contract, or subcontracting specialised building services
  • overseeing the standard and progress of subcontractors' work
  • arranging building inspections by local authorities

Job Titles

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Project Builder, or Professional Builder
  • Construction Project Manager (also called Building and Construction Manager)

    Manages civil engineering and building projects. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Project Builder, or Professional Builder

    Manages the construction, alteration and renovation of dwellings and other buildings. Registration or licensing is required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,719 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    79700
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    92.6%
  • Female Share

    7.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    92.8%

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This is a very large occupation employing 79,700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Construction Managers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Construction; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 44.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,719 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200547600
200661000
200764900
200872300
200980100
201079400
201176600
201268000
201377800
201477800
201579700
202085200

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsConstruction ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings17191230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryConstruction ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-time92.868.4
Part-time7.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)44.840

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction85.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.7
Public Administration and Safety2
Manufacturing1.5
Other Industries5.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateConstruction ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW3631.8
VIC23.125.5
QLD20.319.8
SA5.76.8
WA8.811.2
TAS2.82
NT1.51.1
ACT1.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketConstruction ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.45.4
20-243.7-9.99.9
25-3425.5-23.423.4
35-4425.6-21.721.7
45-5427.7-21.121.1
55-597.1-8.78.7
60-647.1-5.95.9
65 and Over3.2-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryConstruction ManagersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males92.6Males53.6
Females7.4Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationConstruction ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.9-8.68.6
Bachelor degree16.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV47.9-18.918.9
Year 1210.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 105.7-17.717.7
Below Year 101.3-8.18.1

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed. Workers normally have at least 5 years of relevant experience instead and around half have a Certificate III/IV as their highest level of education.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Construction Managers who are organised, with strong people skills and an enthusiastic, positive attitude.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Building and Construction

    96% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  2. English Language

    84% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Administration and Management

    81% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    81% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Design

    77% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    92% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    92% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  3. Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

    87% Important

    Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving conflicts, and negotiating with people.

  4. Scheduling Work and Activities

    85% Important

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  5. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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