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Build a Solid Career in Construction Management

NAHB has been promoting the rewarding job opportunities in the skilled trades for Careers in Construction Month but let’s not forget that the construction manager also offers an exciting career path in the housing industry.

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget and supervise construction projects from inception to completion. He or she ensures that all the trades come together in the completion of a home on schedule, built right, and to the satisfaction of the customer, not to mention meeting all required codes and laws.

It’s an important job, and there are a lot of things to know, not the least of which is business acumen. But the rewards are great, and the national average pay for a construction manager in 2016 was $89,300 per year. Demand for construction managers is projected to grow 16 percent between now and 2022.

And any action your HBA takes to support your local academic programs is one that will pay huge dividends for your business and the industry. These programs often encompass both commercial and residential construction, so consider ways your HBA can help convince these grads to find their home in the home building industry.

Training Students for Careers in Construction Management

NAHB continues to help students across the country develop the necessary skills for home building success, including planning, execution and problem solving, through the NAHB Student Competition held each year at the International Builders’ Show. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. This year, 62 teams will compete at the secondary and post-secondary levels during the 2018 IBS in Orlando.

Your HBA can help coach a student team near you as they prepare over the next two months. They are looking for industry support on topics such as estimating and scheduling or you could help them cover the cost of travel to Orlando.

Mark your IBS calendar now to cheer on all the teams from your home state. If you do not see a school competing from your area, consider checking out the colleges and universities that offer degrees in construction management and start supporting them now to prepare them for the 2019 IBS. NAHB’s Student Internships: Resources for Members guide includes a list of accredited construction programs across the country.

For more information on NAHB’s Student Chapters program, contact Greg Zick at 202-266-8493.

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