Making the Transition into Construction Project Management

Plant Planet Careers are seeing many project manager roles filter through on our careers job board and so we wanted to take a minute and explore how and why you should take up the challenge of becoming a construction project manager.

What is a Project Manager:

Construction project managers are responsible for the day to day running of a construction site alongside overseeing all parts of a project from planning, to budgeting and implementation, to the project final result. A day in the life of a construction manager could include tasks such a:

  • consulting with architects and surveyors to develop a plan, including timescales, resources required and costs involved.
  • developing schedules of work required for each day
  • overseeing day-to-day work once building starts, checking progress and quality of the build. 
  • ensuring the site meets health and safety and building regulations.
  • providing updates on progress to the client/customer

So the question is…..

Why should you become a project manager for the construction sector?

Being a construction project manager you will have the opportunity to work on many incredibly important and exciting projects. It is a fast-paced environment in which every day presents a new challenge, ideal for those who do not have an appeal to enter a mundane office job.

Project management comes with major benefits, for example, you will have more job stability. Management will also enable you to increase your earning potential, a factor most enticing to many.  BLS statistics also report that the employment of construction managers is projected to grow up to 16% by 2022, giving those interested in management plenty of opportunities to break into the role.

Project management can take you to a lot of places…..literally! Another benefit of a career in construction management is the ability to travel, as the job often requires journeying outside of a home base to work on projects. Some may enjoy the opportunity to see different parts of the country, or potentially other areas of the globe if the site is international.

Why have a project a manager?

The project manager can be crucial to the success or failure of a project, providing a clear purpose and direction for the construction project. A project manager also provides the point of contact for the work being carried out. Ensuring communication is maintained between the construction team and the client is crucial for client satisfaction. A project Manager will also be a level of support in the works, ensuring there is no confusion and accuracy as well as efficiency is maintained throughout the duration of the project. Employing a project manager will assist a business in helping to manage health and safety measures and any potential on site risks.

How to become a Construction Project Manager:

Qualifications:

Project management in any industry requires certain skills, and construction is no exception. There is a typical path to becoming a construction manager, however, that doesn’t mean there is only one path. While it is not a requirement to have a degree, having experience is crucial. You will need to have a health and safety certification to ensure safety on site. This includes a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

Network.

To become a project manager, you will need a considerable amount of experience. Allowing yourself time to really connect and network with those in your industry will assist in gaining experience and potentially providing future opportunities. In creating this network, you may find that you will be able to share information and tips potentially learning something from their own experiences.

Pursuing a career in construction project management is a lot of responsibility and so If you want to be successful, you need to love what you do. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” – Confucius

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