Commercial Construction Manager

Career Area: Construction, Extraction, and Architecture

Occupation Group: Construction Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Commercial Construction Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $71,244

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $75,699

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages commercial construction projects from project planning through completion. Manages project budget and schedule; works closely with architects, engineers, trades workers, and clients; supervises construction on site and manages subcontractors; coordinates permits and regulatory compliance as needed for projects.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina81+14.1%
Nationwide1576+11.1%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Commercial Construction Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Commercial Construction: Commercial construction is the business of building and selling or leasing manufacturing or assembly plants, medical centers, retail shopping centers, and standard space for offices.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Construction Management: Construction Project Management (CM) is a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Commercial Construction Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Primavera: Primavera is an enterprise project portfolio management software.
  • Health and Safety Plan (HASP): Working experience of Health and Safety Plan (HASP). Federal and state regulations require a site-specific health and safety plan for government required clean-up operations at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites or initial investigations at sites before the presence or absence of hazardous substances has been determined. This also includes clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
  • Request for Information (RFI): A request for information (RFI) is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.
  • Building Codes: A building code (also building control or building regulations) is a set of rules that specify the standards for constructed objects such as buildings and nonbuilding structures.
  • Renovation: Renovation (also called remodeling) is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Heavy Industrial Construction: Working experience of Heavy Industrial Construction. Heavy industry is industry that involves one or more characteristics such as large and heavy products; large and heavy equipment and facilities (such as heavy equipment, large machine tools, and huge buildings); or complex or numerous processes.
  • Construction Operations: The construction, alteration, repair, extension, demolition or dismantling of buildings or structures
  • Request for Information (RFI): A request for information (RFI) is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years11%
3 to 5 years59%
6 to 8 years14%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Safety Manager
  • Superintendent In
  • Project Coordinator
  • Commercial Construction Manager

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