8 jobs for construction management graduates (with salaries)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 3 January 2022

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If you're a graduate in construction management, there are several jobs you might consider pursuing. This field involves many widely used competencies, from knowledge of construction and surveying to business management and negotiation. Knowing what jobs are available to construction management graduates can help you decide whether to study for the degree and what type of career to choose after you graduate. In this article, we list the various jobs for construction management graduates, in addition to their respective responsibilities and average salaries.

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8 jobs for construction management graduates

Below is a list of eight suitable jobs for construction management graduates:

1. Construction manager

National average salary: £53,354 per year

Primary duties: Also known as a site manager, a construction manager is responsible for managing and overseeing construction work on building sites. They ensure the work is completed on time, within the allocated budget and that it adheres to relevant health and safety regulations. This can involve working closely with architects, engineers, surveyors, electricians, plumbers and other skilled professionals. Construction managers are also typically in charge of hiring staff to carry out tasks on the building site, organising their schedules and monitoring costs and progress.

The construction manager usually reports to any partners or clients for the project, public officials and local communities to ensure that all stakeholders are satisfied. The role can involve a lot of outdoors work, at great heights and in diverse weather conditions. You'd also be expected to wear high-visibility and protective clothing where necessary.

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2. Estimator

National average salary: £35,694 per year

Primary duties: Also known as a cost engineer or construction estimator, this role involves determining the cost to the project of the services and materials. This is a specialised role almost solely concerned with forecasting costs and locating suppliers. An estimator conducts in-depth research to find out how much a project is going to cost in terms of the necessary labour, materials, equipment and transport. They acquire quotes from various contractors and suppliers to determine costs and present managers with options. They can also help with assessing project risks.

An estimator can be required to analyse a company's data and account for things like exchange rate fluctuations and price volatility. They're therefore very helpful in supporting purchasing activities due to their accumulated knowledge. They can also determine whether costs are being met or exceeded throughout a project.

3. Quantity surveyor

National average salary: £45,915 per year

Primary duties: Similar to construction managers, quantity surveyors are in charge of overseeing construction work in addition to managing costs and risks. A significant part of a quantity surveyor's job is to determine how feasible a client's wishes are. They typically meet with clients to discuss what they wish to achieve and what plans are possible. By looking at this and determining costs, time frames, necessary labour and available materials, the quantity surveyor can determine whether the project is feasible.

In ensuring a project's feasibility, the quantity surveyor negotiates contracts with suppliers, organises work schedules, locates skilled labour and advises on matters like risks, disputes and legal issues. Quantity surveyors are knowledgeable about building safety regulations and often spend significant periods of time working outdoors.

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4. Sustainability consultant

National average salary: £40,890 per year

Primary duties: Also known as an environmental or eco-consultant, this role involves advising on the sustainability of a project. This includes consideration of the project's unwanted outputs such as waste and how to manage it in line with regulations. They might also advise project managers and others on environmental risks like flooding and how climate change could affect the long-term sustainability of the project, long after it's been completed. Sustainability consultants often advise clients and project managers from an early stage and compile reports that detail their advice and findings.

For these reasons, sustainability consultants often work on sites where power stations are constructed, in addition to wind farms and similar facilities. The work can involve a mix of office-based duties and considerable time outdoors, often while wearing protective gear.

5. Construction contracts manager

National average salary: £51,230 per year

Primary duties: Sometimes known as a contract manager, the construction contracts manager is responsible for the management of both building contracts and the related construction costs. These individuals work closely with surveyors, estimators and others to develop cost plans for projects, in addition to timescales and staffing plans. They brief the various project teams and negotiate with contractors and suppliers. Construction contracts managers can also present documentation for bids, prepare invoicing, resolve any contractual disputes and find areas for improvement.

This role often involves a lot of travel, for example, when contract managers meet clients at their own premises, visit building sites, meet suppliers and work in their own offices. This could involve some irregular working hours and having to work outdoors in various weather conditions.

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6. Building control officer

National average salary: £27,769 per year

Primary duties: Also known as building control surveyors, these individuals are in charge of making sure that construction work adheres to relevant building regulations. This typically involves working closely with architects, designers, clients and engineers before construction work begins. Once the construction is underway, a building control officer might schedule regular site inspections to ensure the work adheres to the relevant building regulations. This can involve compiling reports and issuing certificates of completion. Building control officers can also offer advice on how to make the project more cost-effective.

In addition to inspecting and advising on ongoing work, building control surveyors inspect and survey old and unsafe buildings. This enables them to give advice on how to repair the building to meet contemporary standards or to approve the demolition of these structures. They can also check safety at public venues and grant authorisation for various licences. You can expect to work mostly outdoors and wear high-visibility and protective equipment, in addition to meeting people in office environments.

7. Management consultant

National average salary: £55,591 per year

Primary duties: Management consultants use their expertise and experience to advise organisations regarding managerial issues. This role typically requires some work experience after you graduate but it allows you to utilise your experience in management and problem solving to advise others. Management consultants meet with various clients to discuss their particular needs and challenges. You then research the organisation in question to understand it better and develop recommendations. You would then compile your recommendations and findings into a report that details how your client can achieve their desired outcomes.

You could specialise in advising construction businesses or use your expertise to become a consultant for a wide variety of organisations. The work often entails providing ongoing support for clients and might involve a lot of travel. Management consultants have good interpersonal skills, as they often interview staff and managers at the companies they're researching. Some are adept at data analysis and other research and analytical skills.

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8. Facilities manager

National average salary: £36,719 per year

Primary duties: Also known as an estates manager, a facilities manager is responsible for the maintenance and operations of various building services and systems. A lot of the work in this role is done after construction has been completed. This can involve working to oversee refurbishment, office moves and renovation work, in addition to the maintenance of a building's various systems like electricity and gas. A facilities manager might also advise their clients or employers on how to improve energy efficiency, how to minimise costs and negotiate with suppliers and contractors.

A facilities manager might also be in charge of other facilities within a building, such as parking areas, catering and events, building security, cleaning activities and waste disposal. They're typically in charge of hiring the various professionals who perform these roles and ensuring the work is done properly. Facilities managers can also manage a building or organisation's IT systems, which are often closely linked to security. The work can involve moving around within office spaces, buildings, conference centres and even places like sports stadiums.

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