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Working As A Construction Consultant

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Consultant Do

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.

Duties

Construction managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare cost estimates, budgets, and work timetables
  • Interpret and explain contracts and technical information to other professionals
  • Report work progress and budget matters to clients
  • Collaborate with architects, engineers, and other construction specialists
  • Select subcontractors and schedule and coordinate their activities
  • Respond to work delays, emergencies, and other problems
  • Comply with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations

Construction managers, often called general contractors or project managers, coordinate and supervise a wide variety of projects, including the building of all types of public, residential, commercial, and industrial structures, as well as roads, memorials, and bridges. Either a general contractor or a construction manager will oversee the construction phase of a project, although a construction manager may also consult with the client during the design phase to help refine construction plans and control costs.

Construction managers oversee specialized contractors and other personnel. They schedule and coordinate all construction processes so that projects meet design specifications. They ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. Some managers may be responsible for several projects at once—for example, the construction of multiple apartment buildings.  

Construction managers work closely with other building specialists, such as architects, civil engineers, and a variety of trade workers, including stonemasons, electricians, and carpenters. Projects may require specialists in everything from structural steel and painting to landscaping, paving roads, and excavating sites. Depending on the project, construction managers may interact with lawyers and local government officials. For example, when working on city-owned property or municipal buildings, managers sometimes confer with city inspectors to ensure that all regulations are met.

For projects too large to be managed by one person, such as office buildings and industrial complexes, a top-level construction manager hires other construction managers to be in charge of different aspects of the project. For example, each construction manager would oversee a specific phase of the project, such as structural foundation, plumbing, or electrical work, and choose subcontractors to complete it. The top-level construction manager would then collaborate and coordinate with the other construction managers.

To maximize efficiency and productivity, construction managers often perform the tasks of a cost estimator. They use specialized cost-estimating and planning software to allocate time and money in order to complete their projects. Many managers also use software to plan the best way to get materials to the building site.

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How To Become A Construction Consultant

Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. While some individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Education

It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education.

More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant.

More than fifty 2-year colleges offer construction management or construction technology programs. An associate’s degree combined with work experience is typical for managers who supervise smaller projects.  

A few universities offer master’s degree programs in construction management.

Those with a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, although most are qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Training

New construction managers are typically hired as assistants and work under the guidance of an experienced manager. This training period may last several months to several years, depending on the firm.

Work Experience

If the typical education is not obtained, practical construction experience is important for jobseekers, because it reduces the need for initial on-the-job training. Internships, cooperative education programs, and previous work in the construction industry can provide that experience. Some construction managers become qualified solely through extensive construction experience, spending many years in carpentry, masonry, or other construction specialties.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers. Certification is valuable because it can demonstrate knowledge and experience.

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. It is recommended that applicants for this certification complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

The American Institute of Constructors awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designations to candidates who meet its requirements and pass the appropriate construction exams.

Some states require licensure for construction managers. For more information, contact your state licensing board.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Most managers plan a project strategy, handle unexpected issues and delays, and solve problems that arise over the course of the project. In addition, many managers use cost-estimating and planning software to determine costs and the materials and time required to complete projects.

Business skills. Construction managers address budget matters and coordinate and supervise workers. Choosing competent staff and establishing good working relationships with them is critical.

Customer-service skills. Construction managers are in constant contact with owners, inspectors, and the public. They must form good working relationships with these people and ensure their needs are met.

Decisionmaking skills. Construction managers choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks and jobs. Often, these choices must be made quickly to meet deadlines and budgets.

Initiative. Self-employed construction managers generate their business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients. They often market their services and bid on jobs, and they must also learn to perform special home improvement projects, such as installing mosaic glass tiles, sanding wood floors, and insulating homes.

Leadership skills. Managers must effectively delegate tasks to construction workers, subcontractors, and other lower level managers.

Speaking skills. Managers must give clear orders, explain complex information to construction workers and clients, and discuss technical details with other building specialists, such as architects. Self-employed construction managers must get their own projects, so the need to sell their services to potential clients is critical.

Technical skills. Managers must know construction methods and technologies, and must be able to interpret contracts and technical drawings.

Time-management skills. Construction managers must meet deadlines. They ensure that construction phases are completed on time so that the next phase can begin as scheduled. For instance, a building’s foundation cannot be constructed until the land is completely excavated.

Writing skills. Construction managers must write proposals, plans, and budgets, as well as document the progress of the work for clients and others involved in the building process.

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Construction Consultant Career Paths

Construction Consultant
Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Owner Project Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Vice President
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Superintendent
District Commercial Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Owner/Operator Property Manager
Real Estate Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Superintendent Project Superintendent Assistant Project Manager
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Superintendent Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Superintendent Assistant Project Manager
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Construction Superintendent General Contractor Estimator Project Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Office Manager Assistant Controller
Projects Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Contractor Field Supervisor Field Manager
Construction Area Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$58,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$154,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Liberty Mutual
Highest Paying City
Hayward, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Construction Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Construction Consultant in the United States is $95,403 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $155,000.

Real Construction Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Construction Consultant Van Acker Construction Associates, Inc. Mill Valley, CA May 30, 2015 $118,896
Construction Consultant Van Acker Consutruction Associates, Inc. Mill Valley, CA May 30, 2015 $118,896
Lean Construction Consultant Lean Project Consulting, Inc. Bloomington, MN Aug 25, 2016 $100,343 -
$150,494
Construction Consultant Van Acker Construction Associates, Inc. Mill Valley, CA Sep 15, 2013 $100,176
Construction Consultant Van Acker Construction Associates, Inc. Mill Valley, CA Sep 15, 2010 $100,176
Construction Claims and Dispute Consultant Secretariat International New York, NY Mar 02, 2016 $79,248
Construction Consultant CMT Engineering Incorporated San Diego, CA Jun 30, 2011 $79,000 -
$80,000
Construction Consultant Axis Construction Consulting, Inc. Hayward, CA Mar 12, 2016 $77,938
Construction Consultant Axis Construction Consulting, Inc. Hayward, CA Dec 02, 2013 $77,800
Construction Cost Consultant The Capital Projects Group Santa Monica, CA Sep 13, 2016 $61,714
Construction Engineering Consultant McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2012 $60,861
Construction Cost Consultant The Capital Projects Group Santa Monica, CA Sep 13, 2016 $60,195
Construction Engineering Consultant Spire Consulting Group, LLC Austin, TX Sep 08, 2013 $60,000
Construction Consultant Sylvia Soto, Pa FL Nov 17, 2009 $55,097

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Top Skills for A Construction Consultant

  1. New Construction
  2. General Contractors
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide construction estimating and project management services for various types of new construction projects and renovations of existing facilities.
  • Provided expert witness testimony for General Contractors and subcontractors.
  • Project Management of Small Construction Projects - including renovations and additions for both residential and investment properties.
  • Inspected and supervised projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations to include fire safety compliance.
  • Performed in-depth property inspections and authored Property Condition Assessment Reports for commercial lenders, investors and property owners.

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Top 10 Best States for Construction Consultants

  1. Delaware
  2. New Jersey
  3. Rhode Island
  4. New York
  5. California
  6. North Carolina
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Georgia
  9. Alaska
  10. Connecticut
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Construction Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Female

9.5%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.1%

French

11.5%

Arabic

4.9%

Italian

4.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Polish

3.3%

German

1.6%

Samoan

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Amharic

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Dari

1.6%

Persian

1.6%

Croatian

1.6%

Korean

1.6%
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Construction Consultant Education

Schools

Auburn University

8.3%

Texas A&M University

8.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.6%

Florida State University

6.6%

University of Florida

6.6%

University of California - Berkeley

5.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Oklahoma State University

5.0%

Colorado State University

5.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

San Diego State University

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

Florida International University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

University of Kansas

4.1%

Washington State University

4.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

Northeastern University

4.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.3%

Villanova University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

19.1%

Architecture

11.9%

Civil Engineering

11.7%

Construction Management

10.6%

Management

6.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Engineering

3.6%

Project Management

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Property Management

2.5%

Psychology

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Real Estate

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Biology

1.8%

Interior Design

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Other

29.6%

Masters

12.6%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.7%
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