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How many years of experience is required to become a construction manager?

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Patrick’s Answer

I would recommend attending a trade school in one of the main building trades. Upon graduation you will need to work 1-3 years in a line-level position and if you can get along with and supervise other people you may be able to seek promotion or apply for a managerial position at another company. Intangibles are some of the most important things when it comes to management; being able to motivate and supervise people without being hard to work with, communicating well, learning without having to be told. Good luck
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Harry’s Answer

This depends on whether you are coming out of a college or tech school with an education in Construction Management or working your way up through the ranks. If you are working you way up through the ranks you are probably looking at a 4 to 5 year work experience to be considered for a position as a construction manager, and at a junior level at that until you get first hand experience working under a more senior construction manager. If you are coming from a college or tech school with an education in Construction Management you can probably be considered for a position right away at a junior level for probably two years to move into a stand alone position.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi James:

According to my research, Construction Managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.

HOW TO BECOME A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Construction Managers typically need a bachelor’s degree, and they learn management techniques through on-the-job training. Large construction firms may prefer to hire candidates who have both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. Firms might hire managers who have a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade; however, these people may be more likely to work as self-employed general contractors than to be hired as construction managers.

■ Education ■
Construction managers typically need a bachelor's degree in construction, business, engineering, or a related field.

Bachelor’s degree programs in construction-related majors often include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, and cost estimation. Courses in business, communications, and mathematics are also helpful.

Some construction managers earn an associate’s degree in construction management or construction technology. An associate’s degree combined with work experience may be typical for managers who supervise small projects.

Candidates who have a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become construction managers. However, these people may be more likely to work as self-employed general contractors than to be hired as construction managers.

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Newly hired construction managers typically work under the guidance of an experienced manager for up to 1 year. Depending on the firm, however, this on-the-job training may last for several years. . . I hope this information was helpful to you in getting started on your research. Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Become a Construction Manager • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/construction-managers.htm#tab-4
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