Construction Project Manager

Construction project managers plan and run construction projects, including managing budgets, staff, contractors and services.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Construction Project Manager do?

Construction project managers plan and run construction projects, including managing budgets, staff, contractors and services.


Work activities

As a construction project manager, you would:

  • co-ordinate and oversee large construction projects
  • meet with building owners and subcontractors to discuss projects
  • plan and manage all administrative tasks
  • plan the timetable for the build and schedule all day-to-day on-site activities
  • consult with planning officials and architects to get cost and materials estimates
  • ensure timescales and budgets are adhered to
  • ensure building regulations are met
  • enforce health and safety requirements.

Key skills and interests

To become a construction project manager, you would need:

  • a thorough knowledge of the construction industry and regulations
  • business acumen and negotiation skills
  • strong time management and planning skills
  • the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships
  • the ability to multi-task
  • strong numeracy and IT skills
  • knowledge of specialist project management software
  • the ability to work under pressure.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Construction project managers work a standard number of hours per week, but this may include evenings or weekends, and overtime when necessary to meet project deadlines.


You would be based in an office but spend a lot of time visiting project sites. When on site you may be outdoors in all types of weather and you would be required to wear protective and safety clothing and equipment.

You would need a current driver's licence.


How to become an Construction Project Manager?

Entry Level Education

To become a construction project manager you usually need to complete at least a diploma in Building and Construction. Your employment prospects may be improved if you complete a course in project management. A range of qualifications are available in project management, at varying levels, and are offered by private companies, universities and Registered Training Organisations. Several of these courses are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management.

You could also complete a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science, Civil Engineering or Construction Management to become a construction project manager.

All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Authorised training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations.

Graduates with an appropriate building degree are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Building.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of construction project managers is projected to grow slightly faster than the average for all occupations.

Project managers will be needed as overall construction activity expands. A growing emphasis on retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient should also create jobs for construction project managers.

To ensure that projects are completed on time and under budget, firms are increasingly focusing on hiring project managers. Furthermore, construction processes and building technology are becoming more complex, requiring greater oversight and more specialised management of projects.


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