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CONTRACTOR, IN-DEPTH: I Ended Up Where I Am By Laissez-Faire

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This contractor describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. The hardest part of his job is doing physical labor full time, but he decided to cut back on his hours to see his daughter grow up and experience her childhood with her.

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

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