Construction managers are based on building and construction sites. They are responsible for planning, organising, and coordinating the construction of civil engineering projects, buildings and dwellings. They are also responsible for overseeing physical and human resources involved in these projects.

Where construction managers are employed

Construction managers work for large construction firms and smaller building subcontractors. Many gain employment through labour hire companies. They work on the construction of a range of buildings, including residential houses, apartment complexes, shopping centres, offices, hotels, factories, tourist resorts, public buildings, hospitals and schools. Construction managers also work on heavy industrial or civil construction sites, road, tunnel and shaft excavations, demolition sites, and local government works.

Employment opportunities can vary greatly in line with trends in the civil or building and construction industries.


Full-time construction managers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for construction manager

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,445 people employed full-time as construction managers in South Australia, compared with 942 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work in construction without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a construction manager through a traineeship in construction or civil construction. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting this training in school.

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