Construction Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing. (SOC Code: 11-9021)

Average wage in the State of Hawaii (2022)*:
$118,430 / per year

Typical Entry -Level Education**:
Bachelor’s degree

On-the-job Training**:
Moderate-term on-the-job training

Work Environment**:
Construction managers may have a main office but spend most of their time in a field office onsite, where they monitor projects and make decisions about construction activities. Their schedules may vary.

How to Become a Carpenter**:
Construction managers typically need a bachelor’s degree, and they learn management techniques through on-the-job training. Large construction firms may prefer to hire candidates who have both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field.

General Contractors Association of Hawaii Construction Management Program (Hawaii Pacific University, Graduate Program)

* State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism “Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics” Data (2022) (

** Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (