Construction Project Manager

Construction, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
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    Required Education, Credentials, and Licenses

    • Postsecondary degree or equivalent experience 
    • Construction knowledge (methods, materials, cost estimation)
    • Valid New York State driver’s license (if travel required)


    • Interpret construction specifications and drawings
    • Project management (budgeting, scheduling, delegating)
    • Planning
    • Analytical
    • Organization
    • Decision-making
    • Contract negotiation
    • Teamwork and collaboration
    • Oral and written communication
    • Customer service
    • Leadership


    Construction project managers direct and supervise all phases of construction projects to ensure they finish on-time and under budget. They need excellent project management and risk management skills to effectively plan new construction or retrofit projects and evaluate and monitor progress, ensuring that quality and safety standards are met. Construction project managers review and interpret project documents such as specifications, plans, drawings, equipment manuals, and safety procedures, and they use that information to determine schedules and budgets for new projects, negotiate contracts with vendors and clients, and allocate resources. They successfully coordinate work across the team through effectively communicating and delegating; collaborating with engineers and architects; finding, hiring, and managing the right subcontractors; supervising construction laborers; and offering guidance. Construction project managers should have strong analytical skills to accurately track costs and assess project progression, and they should apply good judgment to adjust the project plan if necessary. Organizational skills help construction project managers successfully develop project processes and quality control documentation. Project managers are also responsible for coordinating required inspections with government authorities, and some project managers oversee multiple projects concurrently. Construction project managers need to be effective writers to draft scopes of work and project reports, and they should be comfortable using computers to perform their job duties. In addition, being customer service-oriented contributes to positive work relationships. Construction project managers spend most of their time working at construction sites. Some even need to temporarily relocate during a project. They are typically employed full-time and sometimes work overtime to meet deadlines.

    Job Outlook

    According to the New York State Department of Labor, there are approximately 8,600 construction project managers in New York State who earn wages or salaries from employers. Opportunities for employment are expected to be favorable through 2028 – the Department projects this occupation to grow by 1,860 jobs (including self-employed workers) between 2018 and 2028.

    Entering the Field

    Construction project managers typically need to have both a degree in construction engineering (or a related field) and construction experience. A degree in business and knowledge of construction methods can also qualify someone to work as a construction project manager. While an associate degree accompanied by some work experience may be sufficient for positions that manage small projects, large construction firms often require a bachelor’s degree. Those with only a high school diploma and several years of work experience may also qualify for the job, yet they more often work as self-employed contractors. Construction project managers may need a valid driver’s license to travel to worksites. New York State does not require construction project managers to be licensed, but local governments may have their own regulations requiring that they be licensed or registered. Check with local government authorities to confirm the requirements to work as a construction project manager.


    In New York State, the median wage for construction managers is approximately $125,200. Entry-level workers earn about $78,900, and experienced workers earn about $174,000.

    Annual Wage (Q1 2021 dollars, rounded to 100s) – Statewide and by Labor Market Region

    New York State$78,900$125,200$174,000
    Capital Region$70,800$85,900$109,400
    Central New York$71,200$93,700$120,100
    Finger Lakes$72,200$99,700$116,800
    Hudson Valley$107,600$156,500$192,200
    Long Island$94,900$138,400$184,800
    Mohawk Valley$61,400$85,300$133,300
    New York City$79,500$131,900$185,500
    North Country$68,600$92,600$105,800
    Southern Tier$65,000$81,800$113,100
    Western New York$67,300$98,000$121,000
    Source:  New York State Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Survey, SOC Code 11-9021 (Construction Managers)


    The largest employer of construction project managers in New York State are nonresidential building construction companies. Building equipment contractors (which includes HVAC/R contractors) and local government are also common employers for construction project managers. The top three employers with the most online job advertisements that referenced HVAC/R work for construction project managers in each region in 2020 are listed below.

    Capital Region

    • American Energy Care
    • ABCO Facility Maintenance
    • Albany Housing Authority

    Central New York (All ads posted in 2020 were from two employers.)

    • One70 Group
    • Kimmel & Associates

    Finger Lakes

    • One70 Group
    • EMCOR Facilities Services Incorporated
    • Paul Davis Restoration of Greater Rochester NY

    Hudson Valley (All ads posted in 2020 were from two employers.)

    • Rishabh RPO
    • Willdan

    Long Island

    • EMCOR Group
    • Transform SR LLC
    • Global Facility Management & Construction, Inc.

    Mohawk Valley (Employers did not post any job ads online in 2020.)

    New York City

    • One70 Group
    • Johnson Controls Incorporated
    • Aramark

    North Country (Employers did not post any job ads online in 2020.)

    Southern Tier

    • One70 Group
    • Siemens
    • Visions Federal Credit Union

    Western New York

    • One70 Group
    • PCS Plumbing & Heating
    • Stellar
    Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. 2021.

    Labor Unions

    Check with government agencies, construction contractors, or other companies that hire construction project managers to see if those positions are represented by a union contract, or check with local union chapters that are active in construction and HVAC/R to see if their members include construction project managers.

    Education and Training Programs

    A variety of educational programs may prepare workers to become construction project managers in the HVAC/R field – from a certificate or associate degree focused on construction engineering technology or business to a bachelor’s degree in construction management or business. Some of the largest programs in New York State (based on number of degrees awarded) are shown in the table below.
    Educational InstitutionDepartmentCertificateAssociateBachelorMasterPhD
    Capital Region
    Excelsior CollegeBusinessNoYesYesNo
    Hudson Valley Community CollegeBusiness and Criminal JusticeNoYesNoNoNo
    Hudson Valley Community CollegeEngineering, Architecture, Construction, Computer Science and MathematicsYesYesNoNoNo
    SUNY at AlbanySchool of BusinessNoNoYesNo
    SUNY Empire State CollegeSchool of BusinessYesYesYesYesNo
    Central New York
    Bryant & Stratton College-Syracuse NorthBusinessNoYesYesNoNo
    Cayuga County Community CollegeSchool of BusinessYesYesNoNoNo
    Cazenovia CollegeBusiness and ManagementNoNoYesNoNo
    Le Moyne CollegeMadden School of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Onondaga Community CollegeSchool of BusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    Onondaga Community CollegeSchool of Computing & Applied Technologies (Building Trades & Architectural Technology)NoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY College at OswegoSchool of BusinessNoNoYesNo
    SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryConstruction ManagementNoNoYesNoNo
    SUNY MorrisvilleBusiness and Hospitality, Design and Engineering, & Renewable EnergyNoYesYesNoNo
    Finger Lakes
    Finger Lakes Community CollegeBusiness and TechnologyNoYesNoNoNo
    Genesee Community CollegeBusiness & CommerceNoYesNoNoNo
    Keuka CollegeBusinessNoNoYesNoNo
    Monroe Community CollegeBusiness AdministrationNoYesNoNoNo
    Rochester Institute of TechnologySaunders College of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY College at BrockportSchool of Business & ManagementNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY College at GeneseoSchool of BusinessNoNoYesNoNo
    Hudson Valley
    Dutchess Community CollegeBusiness, Aviation, and Construction ProfessionsYesYesNoNoNo
    Marist CollegeSchool of ManagementNoNoYesYesNo
    Mercy CollegeSchool of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Mount Saint Mary CollegeSchool of BusinessNoNoNo
    Orange County Community CollegeBusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY Westchester Community CollegeBusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    Sullivan County Community CollegeSustainability and Business & EntrepreneurshipNoYesNoNoNo
    Long Island
    Farmingdale State CollegeSchool of BusinessYesNoYesNoNo
    Farmingdale State CollegeArchitecture and ConstructionNoNoYesYesNo
    Five Towns CollegeBusinessNoYesYesNoNo
    Nassau County Community CollegeBusiness & Engineering, Physics, and TechnologyYesYesNoNoNo
    St. Joseph’s CollegeBusiness Administration and ManagementYesNoYesYesNo
    Stony Brook UniversityCollege of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Suffolk County Community CollegeBusiness & Construction TechnologyYesYesNoNoNo
    Mohawk Valley
    Fulton-Montgomery Community CollegeBusinessYesYesNoNoNo
    Hartwick CollegeBusiness AdministrationNoNoYesNoNo
    Herkimer County Community CollegeBusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    Mohawk Valley Community CollegeSchool of Business and HospitalityNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at CobleskillBusiness AdministrationNoYesNoNo
    SUNY Polytechnic InstituteBusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Utica CollegeBusiness and EconomicsNoNoYesYesNo
    Utica CollegeConstruction ManagementNoNoYesNoNo
    New York City
    Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)Business ManagementNoYesNoNoNo
    CUNY Brooklyn CollegeBusiness ManagementNoNoYesYesNo
    LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)Business and TechnologyNoYesNoNoNo
    Lehman College (CUNY)School of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    New York City College of Technology (CUNY)School of Technology & DesignYesYesYesNoNo
    New York UniversityStern School of BusinessNoNoYesYesYes
    Queensborough Community College (CUNY)Business AcademyNoYesNoNoNo
    St. Joseph’s CollegeBusiness Administration and ManagementNoYesYes
    North Country
    Clinton Community CollegeBusinessYesYesNoNoNo
    Jefferson Community CollegeBusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    St. Lawrence UniversityBusiness in the Liberal ArtsNoNoYesNoNo
    SUNY College at PlattsburghSchool of Business & EconomicsNoNoYesNoNo
    SUNY College at PotsdamBusiness AdministrationNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY College of Technology at CantonCanino School of Engineering TechnologyNoYesYesNoNo
    SUNY College of Technology at CantonSchool of Business and Liberal ArtsNoYesYesNoNo
    Southern Tier
    Binghamton UniversitySchool of ManagementNoNoYesYes
    Ithaca CollegeSchool of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY Broome Community CollegeBusiness and Professional StudiesNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY Corning Community CollegeBusiness and FinanceNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY at DelhiSchool of Applied TechnologiesNoYesYesNoNo
    SUNY at DelhiSchool of Business and Hospitality ManagementNoYesYesNoNo
    Tompkins Cortland Community CollegeBusiness Administration & Construction and Environmental TechnologyYesYesNoNoNo
    Western New York
    Bryant & Stratton CollegeBusinessYesYesNoNo
    Erie Community CollegeBusiness & ConstructionYesNoNoNo
    Jamestown Business CollegePrograms of StudyNoNoYesNoNo
    Niagara County Community CollegeBusiness & STEMYesYesNoNoNo
    SUNY at AlfredBuilding Trades & BusinessNoYesYesNoNo
    SUNY Buffalo StateBusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY at FredoniaSchool of BusinessNoNoYesNoNo
    University at BuffaloSchool of ManagementNoNoYesYesYes

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