Construction Management

Construction Management

by Marie King

Seven types of construction management sectors

If you been in the trades for a while, you might want to climb the career ladder and go into construction management. However, before you make that leap; you need to know what the jobs are,what the salary is, what the duties are in construction management and what education and credentials you need.


According to Wikipedia, there are seven types of construction management sectors:

  • Agricultural: Typically economical buildings, and other improvements, for agricultural purposes. Examples include barns, equipment and animal sheds, specialized fencing, storage and elevators, and water supply and drains such as wells, tanks, and ditches.
  • Residential: Residential construction includes houses, apartments, townhouses, and other smaller, low-rise housing types.
  • Commercial: This refers to construction for the needs of private commerce, trade, and services. Examples include office buildings, “big box” stores, shopping centers and malls, warehouses, banks, theaters, casinos, resorts, golf courses, and larger residential structures such as high-rise hotels and condominiums.
  • Institutional: This category is for the needs of government and other public organizations. Examples include schools, fire and police stations, libraries, museums, dormitories, research buildings, hospitals, transportation terminals, some military facilities, and governmental buildings.
  • Industrial: Buildings and other constructed items used for storage and product production, including chemical and power plants, steel mills, oil refineries and platforms, manufacturing plants, pipelines, and seaports.
  • Heavy civil: The construction of transportation infrastructure such as roads, bridges, railroads, tunnels, airports, and fortified military facilities. Dams are also included, but most other water-related infrastructure is considered environmental.
  • Environmental: Environmental construction was part of heavy civil, but is now separate, dealing with projects that improve the environment. Some examples are water and wastewater treatment plants, sanitary and storm sewers, solid waste management, and air pollution control.

Besides types of construction management, there are also job titles associated with construction management: “Project Manager, Construction Manager, Design Manager,Project Co-ordinator. Planning Engineer, Design Engineer, Field Engineer, Project Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Estimator, Project Document Controller, Scheduler / Scheduling Engineer and Civil Engineer.”


Salary is an important consideration because you may earn more money in your present than you would being in construction. In a survey taken by the Occupation Handbook, these are the salaries for construction management:

“The median annual wage for construction managers was $87,400 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $52,350, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $155,200.”


According to the duties in construction management are as follows:

“Construction managers are a lot like mothers, really. They have to set schedules, keep an eye on finances, make sure everybody is where they’re supposed to be every day (and doing what they’re supposed to be doing), ensure there are no safety hazards around, and, in general, keep everyone happy. Sounds like quite the job already. But the details are even more dizzying.

More specifically, construction managers are hired to lead and oversee a variety of building projects from start to finish. The jobs can range from a small remodeling or renovation job to the construction of a large structure, such as a school or hospital. About two-thirds of American construction managers are self-employed, and are hired by clients because they have appropriate work experience and, increasingly, at least a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field.”


The most likely person to receive a construction management position is one, who has a bachelors degree in construction management or civil engineering and experience in the construction industry. Sometimes, an individual with solid construction experience will be chosen to be in construction management. If you choose to go after a construction management position, a significant part of your credentials will be your proven ability to lead, supervise and organize a construction project.