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Employment Outlook

Construction Manager

Construction Managers or builders plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the construction and civil engineering projects, buildings and physical and human resources involved in Building and Construction. 


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Employment Levels

Around 100,900 people are currently employed as Construction Managers in Australia. This has a strong growth projection and is set to increase to 114,300 people by 2023, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

38.3% of all Construction Managers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Construction Managers is NT with only 1.3%.

Gender Split

This is a very male dominated industry with 92.7% of Construction Managers being male and 7.3% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Construction Manager is 45-54 years old, with 25.7%%. A small percentage (5.1%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Construction Managers, with 25.7% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Construction Managers work an average of 44.6 hours a week compared to all jobs average of 40 hours. 

Education Level

The majority of Construction Managers have a Certificate III/IV (47.9%) or a Bachelor Degree (16.7%). 12.7% of people have an Advanced Diploma/Diploma whilst 10.8% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Construction Manager Duties & Tasks

  • Working on  architectural specifications and drawings
  • Coordinating tasks like allocation of resources, delivery of materials, plant and equipment
  • Working in co-ordination with Architects, Engineers and Workers
  • Negotiating with property developers owners and subcontractors involved in the construction process 
  • Ensuring that compliance requirements with respect to building legislation and standards are met with. 



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.