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Working As An Environmental Project Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $69,222

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Project Manager 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 An Environmental Project Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Project Geologist 3.6 years
Project Manager 3.4 years
Project Scientist 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.7%
Geologist 3.7%
Chemist 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.2%
Manager 3.2%
Principal 3.0%
Owner 2.8%
Geologist 2.1%

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Environmental Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

66.3%

Female

31.2%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

German

8.3%

French

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Dakota

5.6%

Navajo

5.6%

Chinese

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.8%

Welsh

2.8%

Cherokee

2.8%

Urdu

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Gujarati

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Russian

2.8%
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Environmental Project Manager Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

11.0%

Vermont Law School

5.9%

Columbia Southern University

5.9%

West Virginia University

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of California - Berkeley

5.1%

Old Dominion University

5.1%

University of Arizona

5.1%

University of Denver

5.1%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.2%

Texas State University

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

Oklahoma State University

4.2%

University of Virginia

4.2%

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

4.2%

Kansas State University

4.2%

University of Nevada - Reno

3.4%
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Majors

Environmental Science

23.6%

Geology

14.9%

Business

8.3%

Biology

7.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.9%

Environmental Engineering

4.3%

Public Health

3.9%

Civil Engineering

3.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.1%

Geography

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Chemistry

2.6%

Engineering

2.6%

Law

2.4%

Urban Planning

2.0%

Natural Resources Management

1.8%

Sustainability

1.8%

Forestry

1.8%

Education

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

33.3%

Other

9.6%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.5%
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Real Environmental Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Environmental Project Manager/Regional Manager AARC Environmental, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 15, 2015 $183,352
Environmental Project Manager/Regional Manager AARC Environmental, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 03, 2014 $181,272
Environmental Project Manager Ch2M Hill, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2011 $117,413
SM&S Environmental Management & Innovation Project Manager NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Feb 11, 2015 $99,565
Project Manager, Energy & Environmental Clyde Bergemann Us Inc. MD Apr 01, 2012 $87,000
Environmental/Permitting Project Manager Coastal Systems International, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Feb 01, 2010 $86,130
Environmental Project Manager New Jersey Mechanical Contractors, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ May 04, 2012 $85,000
Project Manager, Environmental & Occupational Safe Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, IL Dec 14, 2011 $83,491 -
$93,491
Project Manager/Environmental Engineer Gotech, Inc. LA Oct 06, 2011 $74,561 -
$90,000
Project Manager/Environmental Engineer Gotech, Inc. LA Dec 19, 2011 $74,561 -
$90,000
Project Manager/Environmental Engineer Gotech, Inc. New Orleans, LA Oct 06, 2011 $74,561 -
$90,000
Environmental Project Manager Lenovo Morrisville, NC Sep 10, 2015 $72,000
Environmental Project Manager New Jersey Mechanical Contractors, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Apr 14, 2010 $70,000
Environmental Project Manager New Jersey Mechanical Contractors, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Apr 20, 2010 $70,000
Environmental Project Manager Lenovo (United States) Inc. Morrisville, NC Aug 24, 2014 $63,900 -
$73,900
Environmental Project Manager AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc. Somerset, NJ May 23, 2011 $61,797 -
$66,000
Environmental Project Manager RSB Solutions Ltd Co Houston, TX Sep 10, 2015 $60,000
Project Manager, Environmental Footprint Veolia Water North America Operating Services, LLC Indianapolis, IN Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Environmental Project Manager Lenovo (United States) Inc. Morrisville, NC Apr 01, 2011 $58,000 -
$68,000
Environmental Project Manager Lenovo (United States) Inc. Morrisville, NC Aug 23, 2011 $58,000 -
$68,000
Environmental Project Manager UL Environment, Inc. Northbrook, IL Sep 21, 2010 $55,000
Environmental Project Manager UL Environment, Inc. Northbrook, IL Sep 28, 2010 $55,000

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  1. Environmental Compliance
  2. Safety Plans
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  • Managed a variety of projects related to hazardous waste management, contamination assessments, site investigations, and environmental compliance.
  • Prepared project cost estimation proposals and Health and Safety Plans for subsurface investigations.
  • Supported a corporate led soil and groundwater remediation program for leaking underground storage tank reimbursement through Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Coordinated and negotiated subcontractor services where corporate services were absent division and departmental budgeting and finances.
  • Project lead in hazardous waste determinations and classifications, including empirical analysis and sampling of unknown chemicals and materials.

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