Construction Project Managers manage civil engineering and building projects.

Also known as: Building and Construction Manager.

You usually need formal qualifications and 5 years of relevant experience to work as a Construction Project Manager. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Construction Project Managers.

Tasks

  • Interprets architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Co-ordinates labour resources, and the procurement and delivery of materials, plant and equipment.
  • Consults with architects, engineering professionals and other professionals, and technical and trades workers.
  • Negotiates with building owners, property developers and subcontractors involved in the construction process to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Prepares tenders and contract bids.
  • Implements co-ordinated work programs for sites.
  • Ensures adherence to building legislation and standards of performance, quality, cost and safety.
  • Arranges the submission of plans to local authorities.
  • Builds under contract or subcontracting specialised building services.
  • Oversees the standard and progress of subcontractors' work.
  • Arranging building inspections by local authorities.

More about Construction Managers

All Construction Managers

  • $3,450 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Construction Project Managers

  • 42,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 11% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Construction Project Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 25,100 in 2011 to 42,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Construction Project Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Construction67.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.9
Public Administration and Safety5.0
Manufacturing3.9
Other Industries14.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on 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 Project ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.631.6
VIC23.625.6
QLD20.320.0
SA5.17.0
WA12.310.8
TAS1.32.0
NT1.61.0
ACT2.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketConstruction Project ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-243.0-9.39.3
25-3423.4-22.922.9
35-4429.7-22.022.0
45-5425.2-21.621.6
55-599.0-9.09.0
60-645.8-6.06.0
65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 Project ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree31.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV29.6-21.121.1
Year 128.2-18.118.1
Year 111.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.8-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and 5 years of relevant experience to work as a Construction Project Manager. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Construction Project Managers.

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

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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. 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

    The 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.

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Demands

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

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    90% Important

    How important is it to work with others 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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