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Working As A Project And Field Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Project And Field 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 A Project And Field 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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Project And Field Manager Career Paths

Project And Field Manager
Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Vice President
Vice President-Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Senior Project Manager
Contractor-Senior Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Vice President
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Project Director
Manager, Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Purchasing Manager
Subcontracts Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
General Superintendent Estimator Project Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
General Superintendent Construction Superintendent
Construction Area Manager
10 Yearsyrs
General Superintendent Operations Project Manager
Senior Operations Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Estimator Project Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Manager Project Superintendent
District Commercial Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Owner/Manager Estimator Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Manager Construction Superintendent
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Project Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Owner/Project Manager Construction Superintendent
Land Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Project Manager 3.5 years
Project Supervisor 3.3 years
Field Manager 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Project And Field Manager
Owner 5.7%
Foreman 4.7%
Manager 3.2%
Supervisor 2.7%
Top Careers After Project And Field Manager
Owner 4.6%
Consultant 3.5%
Manager 3.4%
Technician 2.1%
Estimator 1.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$83,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Hayward, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Project And Field Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Project And Field Manager in the United States is $83,535 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Project And Field Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Conservation Field Projects The J. Paul Getty Trust Los Angeles, CA Jul 09, 2009 $140,000
Head of Conservation Field Projects The J. Paul Getty Trust Los Angeles, CA Jan 24, 2011 $135,000 -
$145,000
Project Field Manager Wharton-Smith, Inc. Oct 01, 2009 $110,000
Project Field Manager Wharton-Smith, Inc. Cayce, SC Oct 01, 2009 $110,000
Field Project Manager I Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 19, 2015 $101,779
Field Project Manager I Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 19, 2012 $95,004
Field Project Manager Contelsys International Services Alpharetta, GA Nov 10, 2011 $93,371
Field Project Manager Contelsys International Services Alpharetta, GA Nov 08, 2011 $93,371
Field Project Manager Contelsys International Services Alpharetta, GA Nov 16, 2011 $93,371
Field Project Manager Ramland Development Los Angeles, CA Dec 14, 2012 $91,661
Field Project Manager Verifone Holdings, Inc. Miami, FL Feb 27, 2015 $79,716 -
$108,463
Field Project Manager Parsons Commercial Technology Company Alhambra, CA Nov 21, 2011 $78,000 -
$126,000
Project Manager-Field Services Champion Telecom, Inc. Fremont, CA Jul 05, 2010 $71,843 -
$100,000
Field Project Manager Ramland Development Los Angeles, CA Dec 14, 2012 $69,935
Field Project Manager Enerfab, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Aug 04, 2014 $69,701

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Top Skills for A Project And Field Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. General Contractors
  3. New Construction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project management, including on-site supervision, interpreting architectural drawings, asset assignment, arranging material ordering and delivering.
  • Reviewed pricing submitted by General Contractors.
  • Assist purchasing personal in developing new construction schedules and budgets.
  • Present at job meetings, coordinating mechanics on the job site, helping with service calls physically and technically.
  • Developed training program for customer service as well as Instituted policy and procedures that also increased the effectiveness of account managers.

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Top 10 Best States for Project And Field Managers

  1. Delaware
  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. California
  8. Alaska
  9. North Carolina
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Project And Field Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

78.4%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.2%

French

10.8%

German

6.2%

Portuguese

4.6%

Chinese

4.6%

Dakota

3.1%

Greek

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Hebrew

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Malay

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Thai

1.5%
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Project And Field Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

American InterContinental University

6.5%

Purdue University

6.5%

University of South Florida

4.8%

New York University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

University of Florida

4.8%

A-Technical College

4.8%

Villanova University

4.0%

Texas Tech University

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Iowa

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

University of Georgia

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.2%

Wake Technical Community College

3.2%

Saint Thomas University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

26.2%

Construction Management

8.0%

Civil Engineering

7.5%

Project Management

7.2%

Electrical Engineering

6.4%

Geology

4.0%

Management

3.9%

Environmental Science

3.7%

Marketing

3.5%

Architecture

3.0%

Drafting And Design

2.9%

General Studies

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Engineering

2.6%

Computer Science

2.4%

Biology

2.4%

Political Science

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Other

28.0%

Associate

12.3%

Masters

11.5%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.3%
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