Civil engineering professionals who’ve worked in construction have an excellent opportunity for alternative careers in B.C. as Construction Managers.
This is the 4th highest in-demand job according to the Work BC website. An estimated 6,900 Construction Manager job openings are anticipated between 2015 and 2025. This occupation has a median hourly wage of $39.00 per hour. Aside from high compensation, it is one of the jobs that has been on the core list of top occupations since the previous Labour Market Outlook report was completed by the provincial government two years ago. B.C. employers need the skills of these professionals.
According to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), Construction Managers have a range of titles that you might see in job ads. Titles include Project Coordinator, Assistant Manager, General Contractor, Site Manager and many more. You can read the description Construction Manager requirements here.
The range of titles reflects the range of experience within the job title: Project Coordinator suggests a more junior role, as does Assistant Manager. But the general job title reflects the need for strong skills and knowledge in the field.
This occupation is not considered a regulated occupation. A recent newcomer shared his story about finding work as a Construction Manager. He could have gone the route of relicensing as a Civil Engineer, but he chose instead to find an unregulated position in Construction Management. You can read his story here.
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About the Author: Gwen Pawlikowski is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who has also worked as an ISSofBC employment counsellor with newcomers. She lives in New Westminster and loves the diversity of the Lower Mainland. Please click here for information on ISSofBC’s career services.