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CONTRACTOR: Seeing The Three-Dimensional Product Of My Work

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This contractor began his career as an actor, but went into construction after deciding that he needed steadier work and pay. He learned the tools of the trade by building his friend's house and loves working with his hands and seeing the product of his efforts in the three-dimensional real world.

Degree: Acting
Job Title: Contractor

Job Summary: Construction Project Managers

Job Description

Construction project managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from early development to completion.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. Applicants for this certification must also complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Construction Management Association of America.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Likes working with hands

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It was</span> <span m='74270'>kind</span> <span m='74420'>of</span> <span m='74460'>happenstance.</span> <span m='75150'>I've</span> <span m='75250'>always</span> <span m='75520'>liked</span> <span m='75690'>to</span> <span m='75780'>work</span> <span m='75970'>with</span> <span m='76080'>my</span> <span m='76190'>hands.</span> <span m='76560'>I've</span> <span m='76700'>always</span> <span m='77030'>been</span> <span m='77700'>really</span> <span m='77920'>good</span> <span m='78150'>in</span> <span m='78290'>three-dimensional</span> <span m='78930'>space.</span> <span m='80220'>And</span> <span m='80630'>I'm</span> <span m='81090'>also</span> <span m='81400'>someone</span> <span m='81610'>who</span> <span m='81720'>likes</span> <span m='81940'>to</span> <span m='82080'>see</span> <span m='82930'>a</span> <span m='83000'>product.</span> <span m='83450'>I</span> <span m='83900'>Like</span> <span m='84140'>to</span> <span m='85070'>be</span> <span m='85150'>able</span> <span m='85270'>to</span> <span m='85320'>step</span> <span m='85580'>back</span> <span m='85840'>and</span> <span m='85940'>see</span> <span m='86160'>what</span> <span m='86280'>I've</span> <span m='86480'>done,</span> <span m='87940'>the</span> <span m='88000'>real-world</span> <span m='89560'>three-dimensional</span> <span m='90150'>manifestation.</span> </p><p><span m='91660'>The</span> <span m='91810'>thing</span> <span m='92030'>that</span> <span m='92120'>I've</span> <span m='92260'>learned</span> <span m='92570'>about</span> <span m='93220'>construction</span> <span m='93980'>is</span> <span m='95260'>you</span> <span m='95390'>have</span> <span m='95610'>a</span> <span m='95680'>limited</span> <span m='96090'>amount</span> <span m='96320'>of</span> <span m='96420'>time</span> <span m='96740'>that</span> <span m='96850'>your</span> <span m='96950'>body</span> <span m='97210'>will</span> <span m='97400'>really</span> <span m='97620'>let you</span> <span m='97930'>do</span> <span m='98110'>it.</span> <span m='98690'>And</span> <span m='99060'>I</span> <span m='99150'>think</span> <span m='99420'>I'm</span> <span m='99510'>nearing</span> <span m='99830'>the</span> <span m='99950'>end</span> <span m='100090'>of</span> <span m='100150'>that.</span> <span m='100760'>It's</span> <span m='100910'>hard</span> <span m='101160'>on</span> <span m='101280'>your</span> <span m='101390'>body</span> <span m='102560'>when</span> <span m='102730'>you're</span> <span m='102840'>trying</span> <span m='103090'>to</span> <span m='103150'>do</span> <span m='103290'>all</span> <span m='103490'>phases</span> <span m='103900'>of</span> <span m='103990'>it.</span> <span m='104520'>Concrete,</span> <span m='105410'>framing,</span> <span m='107120'>those</span> <span m='107390'>two</span> <span m='107570'>are</span> <span m='107620'>really</span> <span m='107900'>hard on your</span> <span m='108270'>body.</span> <span m='110730'>You</span> <span m='110800'>have</span> <span m='110920'>to</span> <span m='111000'>stay</span> <span m='111170'>in</span> <span m='111280'>shape</span> <span m='111600'>for</span> <span m='112050'>it.</span> <span m='112240'>It doesn't</span> <span m='112590'>keep</span> <span m='112800'>you</span> <span m='112910'>in</span> <span m='113010'>shape.</span> <span m='113440'>It'll</span> <span m='114430'>break</span> <span m='114770'>your</span> <span m='114850'>body</span> <span m='115110'>down.</span> <span m='115640'>You</span> <span m='115750'>have</span> <span m='115990'>to</span> <span m='116780'>train</span> <span m='117060'>for</span> <span m='117240'>it like you're</span> <span m='117490'>training</span> <span m='117800'>for</span> <span m='118400'>an</span> <span m='118810'>athletic</span> <span m='119260'>event.</span> </p><p><span m='121180'>If</span> <span m='121220'>you're</span> <span m='121720'>thinking</span> <span m='121910'>of</span> <span m='122050'>going</span> <span m='122380'>into</span> <span m='122430'>the</span> <span m='122520'>construction</span> <span m='123110'>field,</span> <span m='124290'>I</span> <span m='124370'>would</span> <span m='125160'>say</span> <span m='125710'>don't</span> <span m='125890'>just</span> <span m='126070'>rely</span> <span m='126500'>on</span> <span m='127820'>being</span> <span m='128090'>able</span> <span m='128250'>to</span> <span m='128320'>do</span> <span m='128479'>really</span> <span m='128990'>hard</span> <span m='129220'>work</span> <span m='129560'>for</span> <span m='129680'>long</span> <span m='129970'>days.</span> <span m='130970'>Learn</span> <span m='131720'>what</span> <span m='132000'>you're</span> <span m='132120'>really</span> <span m='132380'>doing.</span> <span m='132850'>Learn</span> <span m='133090'>as</span> <span m='133180'>much</span> <span m='133410'>as</span> <span m='133470'>you</span> <span m='133550'>can</span> <span m='133800'>about</span> <span m='134030'>it.</span> <span m='134100'>Because</span> <span m='134330'>the</span> <span m='134410'>more</span> <span m='134580'>information</span> <span m='135050'>you</span> <span m='135120'>have,</span> <span m='136210'>the</span> <span m='136330'>better</span> <span m='136570'>you'll</span> <span m='136720'>be</span> <span m='136940'>at it and</span> <span m='137160'>the</span> <span m='137230'>better</span> <span m='137450'>you</span> <span m='137630'>are</span> <span m='137840'>at</span> <span m='138020'>it.</span> <span m='138960'>Then</span> <span m='139100'>more</span> <span m='139330'>people</span> <span m='139600'>are</span> <span m='139630'>willing</span> <span m='139910'>to</span> <span m='139970'>pay,</span> <span m='140270'>and</span> <span m='140470'>the</span> <span m='140540'>less</span> <span m='140990'>actual</span> <span m='141470'>hard</span> <span m='141830'>physical</span> <span m='142310'>labor</span> <span m='142700'>you'll</span> <span m='142880'>have</span> <span m='143070'>to</span> <span m='143200'>do.</span> 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