Bachelor Degree in Construction Management
Managing a construction project from beginning to end is a tremendous responsibility. For the person with an interest in building and design, and learning about leadership, contracts, negotiations, safety and other related skills, there is great potential for a lengthy, rewarding career with a bachelor's degree in construction management.
When pursuing a bachelor's degree in construction management, you will gain expertise in building codes, construction laws, OSHA standards and requirements, potential legal issues relating to construction, quality control, project scheduling and management, contract negotiations, cost estimating and analysis, communications, management and how to troubleshoot emergencies. These skills will be learned while taking courses such as civil engineering, construction and project management, legal issues in construction management, budgeting, construction documents, computer applications and other courses that will give you the knowledge and skills you need throughout your career in construction. In addition to the required and elective courses of a bachelor degree program, you will gain hands-on experience by working in the field during an internship. An internship will give you the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge you learned in the classroom, as well as a sense of what working in the field of construction management is really like.
While construction took a serious hit during the recession, it is a field that has taken off strong during economic recovery. Many new homes and both large and small businesses are being built, and buildings that house multiple businesses and agencies are springing up. Construction does not just involve overseeing the construction of homes and buildings but also bridges, monuments and other structures.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that large construction firms "increasingly prefer" candidates with experience and a bachelor's degree in a construction-related field. If you are just starting out in construction management, you will likely work as an assistant or in another related position until you are ready to oversee your own construction projects. The outlook for construction management jobs is expected to increase at a "faster than average" pace through 2022, according to the BLS.
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