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How to Become a Construction Manager - Career Salaries, Job Stats & Education

How to Become a Construction Manager - Career Salaries, Job Stats & Education

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Looking for a Career in Building and Construction?

If you’re thinking of becoming a Construction Manager or a Builder where you will plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the construction of civil engineering projects, buildings and dwellings, and the physical and human resources involved in Building and Construction, here is everything you wanted to know. 

Careers in Building and Construction are a great place to develop your technical, negotiation and time management skills, work on a variety of exciting projects and even build your own business. With the right study and training behind you, you can be a success in any one the many available Construction careers and Site Manager jobs available today. 

Building and Construction Careers & Job Outlook

Building and Construction Career Chart

 

The graph shows historical and projected (to 2020) employment levels (thousands) for this occupation.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and projections to 2020.

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of openings for Building Construction jobs is expected to be between 79,700 and 85,200 making the vacancy level for careers in Building and Construction high, a positive thing for jobseekers. 

In the next 5 years, Building and Construction jobs are expected to grow at 0.4%. Openings in Site Manager jobs and Construction Jobs count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce).

Thinking of becoming a construction manager? The very large size of the Construction occupation (79,700 in November 2015) suggests that opportunities should be available in most regions, including in regional, capital city and rural locations. 

Areas in Building & Construction:

  • Builder
  • Construction Manager
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Casual labourer
  • Apply for an apprenticeship

Becoming a Construction Manager: Salary

                       Building and Construction Career Chart

 

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and projections to 2020.

Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Note: These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate when becoming a construction manager. 

Jobs in Construction and Site Manager Jobs in Australia earn an average of $1,795 per week at full-time hours. Part-time they can expect to earn $1,730 per week within Australia.

Payscale.com lists the wage for Construction Managers (in Sydney, mid-career) as being between a median of $96,635 per annum and $214,835 at the highest end of the market. According to Job Outlook, earnings for Construction Managers are high (in the ninth decile) - making it a highly sought after career path. 

Please note: For roles in Building and Construction, rates of pay will vary depending on the type of business and the type of environment.

Full-Time or Part-Time Career in Building and Construction?

                                  Building and Construction Career Chart

 

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and projections to 2020.

The graph shows the average weekly hours (by gender and full-time and part-time) worked for Building and Construction jobs, compared with all occupations. Average weekly hours worked full-time in Site Manager jobs and jobs in Construction is 45.2 for men and 36.6 for women.

Part time, men work 16.7 hours per week and women work 18.9 hours per week across all careers in Construction.

Construction Managers Age Profile

                       Building and Construction Career Chart

 

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and projections to 2020.

This data shows the share of employment in percentage by age profile, when compared against all other occupations. Careers in Building and Construction are most highly represented in the 35-44 age bracket, with around 27.8% of workers in this age group. 20.0% of site manager job occupants are older than 55, while 0.5% of workers in Site Manager jobs and similar are younger than age 19.

Construction Manager Education Levels

                Building and Construction Career Chart

 

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and projections to 2020.

Available data for Construction Manager jobs shows that the highest educational attainment achieved by most people working in this profession is a Certificate III/IV, with 34.8% of the total. 18.4% of Construction careers held a Bachelor Degree.

Trends in Building & Construction

According to CoreLogic (citing figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics), there are currently record-high numbers of apartments under construction in NSW, VIC & QLD, demonstrating the large boom of the current high-rise construction market. In the first 3 months of 2016, approximately 29 987 apartments began construction, overshadowing the 25 122 figure registered for houses, the first time this has happened.

Residential building work is on the rise according to the ABS: "The trend estimate of the value of new residential building work done rose 0.4% in the September quarter. The value of work done on new houses fell 0.3% while new other residential building rose 1.2%.

"The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of new residential building work done fell 3.3% to $15,451.1m. Work done on new houses fell 4.6% to $8,168.1m, while new other residential building fell 1.8% to $7,282.9m." 

What Construction Management Qualification Do You Need?

Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Tap into this booming industry and become a licensed builder, site supervisor or construction manager. In this course, you will learn how to plan, coordinate, execute and work on residential and low-level commercial buildings. This nationally recognised Certificate IV is TAFE accredited and will provide you with fundamental knowledge and skills to begin your career in Building and Construction. 

Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Integrate your knowledge of Building and Construction with project management - combining the project management training with the skills to plan, coordinate, execute and finalise the construction of medium rise buildings. This TAFE Diploma will equip you for work as a site manager, licensed or registered builder or project manager. Perfect for busy people, this Diploma is delivered online so there are no classes to attend, meaning you study where you want to at a time that is convenient to you. 

Building and Construction (Western Australia)

Developed specifically to meet licensing education requirements in Western Australia, Open Colleges’ Diploma of Building and Construction will help you to get off-the-tools and take the next step in your career.

Certificate I in Construction

Get the qualifications, skills and knowledge you need to work as a handyman or as a casual labourer on a construction site, with Open Colleges’ Certificate I in Building. The course is also a great introduction to the industry, and can serve as a valuable pathway to gaining an apprenticeship.

Certificate II in Construction Pathways

Open Colleges’ Certificate II in Construction Pathways is designed to introduce you to the construction industry, and to teach you basic skills in carpentry, joinery and levelling.

Why Study Building and Construction through Open Colleges?

Our Building and Construction courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility of organising your study around your life. You can enrol any time of the year and study at your own pace. 

Among other things, you'll learn how to manage projects and budgets, get introduced to the construction industry and learn how to use construction tools and materials. 

Your course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualification that can boost your chances of employment. 

Building & Construction Manager Interview , Business Owner

Michael Papalia

Owner/Manager

Sailsbury Heights, Adelaide SA

 How did you get into a career in construction? 

While I was in Year 10 at school, a construction careers course came up, allowing students to choose carpentry, plumbing, electrical and all these other building and construction trades.  

I saw this opportunity and jumped straight into my apprenticeship - and working on odd site manager jobs by the time I was 20.

Is there much demand for building and construction jobs?

I’m based in Adelaide and I’ve had a job opportunity pop up in Sydney - so the demand is definitely there.

My sister in Sydney she said that they’re screaming out for people in building and construction as well as tradies! That was another reason I wanted to get into a trade, knowing there’s a shortage of jobs in construction and trying to help the industry.

How was it setting up your own career in building and construction via a business?

I think there are a lot of factors that you need to consider before you even want to start your own company. Working in building and construction is quite hard, so you need experience to know how to combat every single task. The more types of site manager jobs and other jobs in construction you can do, the more money you’re going make! Setting up good accounting and admin structures and hiring good people is also a must for all careers in construction.

Before having your own building and construction business, did you work in other jobs in construction?

Yes, I did my construction apprenticeship, specialising in plumbing, and worked consistently for the four years of my apprenticeship, plus one year after that. After leaving that job, I worked for a big maintenance company.  I was there for two years, moving on to another company that did probably 20% construction, 80% maintenance.

Are there more people pursuing careers in construction over the last decade?

Working for someone else’s company doing various jobs in construction, I found consistent work coming in. For the first five years, careers in building and construction boomed, then it slowed down for about a year, but the maintenance side of things was always consistent.  

What personality traits do you need to excel in building & construction jobs?

Be an honest person. If you make a mistake or if you’ve done something wrong, own your work.The second one for success in any of the careers in construction would probably be respectful. Making sure you are respecting other people’s trades and tools. Communication is another key interpersonal skill. If you communicate with everyone and you let people know where you are, that’s important for excelling in all building and construction jobs you’re passionate about. 

Thanks Michael, for sharing your story with Open Colleges.

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