Construction Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the construction of civil engineering projects, buildings and dwellings, and the physical and human resources involved in building and construction.
interpreting architectural drawings and specifications
coordinating labour resources, and procurement and delivery of materials, plant and equipment
consulting with Architects, Engineering Professionals and other professionals, and Technical and Trades Workers
negotiating with building owners, property developers and subcontractors involved in the construction process to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget
preparing tenders and contract bids
operating and implementing coordinated work programs for sites
ensuring adherence to building legislation and standards of performance, quality, cost and safety
arranging submission of plans to local authorities
building under contract, or subcontracting specialised building services
overseeing the standard and progress of subcontractors' work
arranging building inspections by local authorities
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 123,300 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 89% of people employed as Construction Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 48 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than half of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $3,497 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $2,724
- 1 in 4 earn more than $4,440
Median hourly earnings are $78, this is much more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Construction Managers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Construction Managers||All Jobs Average|
Around 62% of Construction Managers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Sydney - Inner South West
- Sydney - Northern Beaches
- Sydney - Parramatta
- Sydney - Sutherland
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Construction Managers is 44 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 7% of the workforce. This is 41 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Construction Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A formal qualification in building or construction management or have a trade background is usually needed to work as a Construction Manager. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
Registration or licencing may be required.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Construction Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||5.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||5.4||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Construction Managers who are organised, with strong people skills and an enthusiastic, positive attitude.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
61%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
57%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
57%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
57%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
55%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Using maths to solve problems.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
89%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
72%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
67%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
67%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
59%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
55%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
52%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
50%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
48%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
47%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
47%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
45%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
35%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
57%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Read and understand written information.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are far away.
54%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
52%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
83%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
83%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
82%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
79%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
73%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
73%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
73%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
72%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
71%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
69%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
69%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
66%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
65%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
65%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
63%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
61%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
59%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
58%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
55%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
51%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
94%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
80%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
80%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
78%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
78%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
76%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
74%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
73%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
73%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
70%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
69%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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