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How to Start your Career in Construction Management

Iain Dickens our consultant managing the role
Posted by Iain Dickens
Published on 30 May 2024


Construction management involves using specialised project management techniques to oversee the entire lifecycle of a construction project, from initial planning to final completion. The goal is to ensure everything stays on track in terms of time, cost, quality, safety, and scope. This critical role ensures that projects are successful and meet all required standards.

Currently, there is a high demand for skilled workers in construction management due to a skills shortage, making this a potentially lucrative career path. Contrary to the perception that construction management is low-tech and physically demanding, the role is more similar to civil engineering. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) defines construction management as “the development, conservation, and improvement of the built environment through clients, organisations, and individuals working together to meet the changing needs of our global society.”

Pursuing a career in construction management involves a combination of education, gaining practical experience, and developing essential skills. Here is a guide to help you get started:


Educational Foundation

If you know you want to pursue a career in construction management, it is good to form a strong educational foundation by doing A levels or equivalent courses in mathematics, science, business, and technical subjects. This foundation does not limit your career options and opens doors to an array of career paths like engineering, IT, and finance. In terms of higher education, obtain a bachelor’s degree in construction management, civil engineering, architecture, or a related field. Some roles may require an advanced degree (Master’s) in construction management or business administration (MBA).


Practical Experience


  • Seek internships or part-time jobs with construction companies while pursuing your degree. This provides hands-on experience and industry connections.

Entry-Level Positions

  • Start with entry-level positions such as a construction labourer, junior engineer, or assistant project manager to gain on-the-ground experience.


Consider obtaining professional certifications to enhance your credentials. Key certifications include:

·        Certified Construction Manager (CCM)

·        Project Management Professional (PMP)

·        LEED Accreditation (for green building expertise)

·        OSHA Safety Certifications

·        Some countries may require specific licenses for certain construction management roles. Research local requirements and obtain the necessary licenses.


Technical Skills

·        Familiarise yourself with construction management software (e.g., Procore, Primavera, AutoCAD).

·        Learn about building codes, regulations, and safety standards.

Soft Skills

·        Develop strong leadership, communication, and negotiation skills.

·        Enhance problem-solving abilities and attention to detail.


Stay updated by keeping up with industry trends, new technologies and best practices through continuous learning. As you gain experience, seek promotions to roles such as project manager, senior construction manager, or construction executive. You can also develop your construction manager job to specialised roles in areas such as sustainability, risk management, or cost estimating. An MBA or a specialised master’s degree can open doors to higher-level positions and broaden your management skills.

Construction Management Roles at Quanta

A career in construction management can be rewarding and offers numerous opportunities for growth and advancement. At Quanta, we specialise in Data Centres and Renewable Energy where construction management jobs are necessary for a successful project. Check out our job board or get in touch today to speak to our consultants today.