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.

    You usually need a formal qualification in building or construction management to work as a Construction Manager. Construction Managers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    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

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    All Construction Managers

    • $3,450 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 100,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 48 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 7% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Construction Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 100,900 in 2018 to 114,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 54,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 10,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Construction Managers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $3,450 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200868700
    200980000
    201078400
    201175100
    201273200
    201375000
    201476200
    201581100
    201690200
    201793000
    2018100900
    2023114300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings34501460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction79.9
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.4
    Manufacturing2.7
    Public Administration and Safety2.6
    Other Industries9.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateConstruction ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.931.6
    VIC24.925.6
    QLD19.720.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA9.510.8
    TAS2.52.0
    NT1.21.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketConstruction ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.05.0
    20-244.1-9.39.3
    25-3420.5-22.922.9
    35-4427.1-22.022.0
    45-5425.6-21.621.6
    55-5910.2-9.09.0
    60-646.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate5.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree19.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV45.4-21.121.1
    Year 128.3-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.4-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in building or construction management to work as a Construction Manager. Construction Managers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Construction Manager.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • building licence
    • construction induction card (white card)

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and construction

      89% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Technical design

      75% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and personal service

      72% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Engineering and technology

      67% Skill level

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

    5. Administration and management

      67% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9021.00 - Construction Managers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      99% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Contact with people

      94% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Teamwork

      90% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9021.00 - Construction Managers.

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