Construction Managers

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Construction Managers

Construction Managers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, construction managers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work with owners, trade contractors, architects, and other design professionals.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes and the results of other workers.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations in which workers or clients may be unpleasant, angry, or rude.
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  • Work as part of a team. This is very important because they lead different types of work teams.
  • Communicate with clients, employees, and contractors everyday by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
  • Write letters and memos weekly.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Sometimes work indoors in an office, or outdoors at a construction site.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels, such as from earth-moving equipment, that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Wear protective equipment often, such as hard hats, when touring a construction site.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on the weather.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • Work somewhat close to other people, such as when sharing office space.
  • Often work in buildings without heating or air conditioning, such as portable trailers or unfinished structures.
  • Regularly visit job sites in a car and truck. They often use the vehicle as a traveling office.

Work Performance

  • Are highly accurate in performing their job. This is very important because they maintain the schedule and budget for the construction project. Errors may have serious financial and safety consequences.
  • Often repeat the same mental activities. This is somewhat important when creating budgets and writing reports.
  • Make decisions everyday that affect workers on the job site and the final outcome of the project they are working on.
  • Work in a highly competitive environment in which their company's reputation is often at stake.
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  • Must meet strict deadlines weekly.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision or setting tasks and goals.


  • Work more than 40 hours per week.
  • May work nights and weekends. Construction may sometimes continue around the clock to meet deadlines.
  • Must be “on-call,” often 24 hours a day.
  • May travel to different job sites, or live temporarily at job sites away from home.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.