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What degree would be more beneficial to me? Construction science or construction management?

I am female, interested in a career in the construction industry and looking to attend either Texas A&M or University of Texas at Tyler. I believe I am more interested in residential building than the industrial aspects. Which degree would be more beneficial to me?
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Darren’s Answer


I'm a civil engineer (10 years experience) but have worked with construction folks in the past when they build my projects.

A construction management job involves more construction plan reading, delegation, scheduling, budgeting, etc - essentially your job is to make sure the job gets done on time and on budget and coordinating the necessary resources to accomplish these goals.

A construction science job deals more with the actual design and construction of projects - you're looking at the finer details of a job.

Regardless of which major you choose, the bulk of your construction career learning will take place on the job through doing actual work and training. My guess is that these 2 majors have similar classes. You can always transition to management during your career, if your supervisor thinks you are qualified.

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Compare the classes of each major to see what material appeals to you more

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Basil’s Answer

That would depend on your interest. As a construction scientist you would be more then likely involved in research and study of the construction techniques and there benefits or lack of benefits to the process. As construction manager you would be more likely to be involved in the day to day construction activities. I would suggest you take basic introduction classes and see which peaks your interest more. Or try to do a summer internship with the respective companies. As for residential vainglorious industrial construction there are differences in application of knowledge but both use the same basic principles just sometimes on s larger scale.

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Arnel’s Answer

Hi Shelby, it depends on how you want things, Being a Construction Science it involves Coordination and Oversees a variety of Construction Projects. A close coordination with professionals(Engineers, Architects) to complete the the Projects in a timely manner.

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Matt’s Answer

Construction science emphasizes engineering, whereas construction management is more business based. Either will suit your interests, but construction science will likely be the more challenging degree. Take a career assessment quiz and Myers-Briggs personality test, and see if the career suggestions are more engineering/ analytical or business/ sales.