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Construction Managers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Construction Managers coordinate and supervise a wide variety of construction projects, including the building of all types of public, residential, commercial, and industrial structures, as well as roads and bridges. Although they oversee the whole construction projects, they may consult with developers and builders on construction related issues.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Trade Specific Competencies

Construction project management knowledge and skills

As overall leaders of construction projects, construction managers must manage projects from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed on time and within budget.

Professional knowledge and skills in construction works and construction management

Construction managers must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to construction works and construction management to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • (i) usually have a bachelor's degree in construction science, construction management, surveying, architecture, or engineering; or (ii) with secondary school education and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, but they might probably work as self-employed general contractors.


  • require substantial years of experience in relevant jobs in the construction industry

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$110,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Construction Managers usually work in office, but may spend a lot of time working at construction sites, where they monitor the construction projects and make decisions in relation to site activities.


  • Computers with project management software

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