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 6,300 construction project managers in New York State who earn wages or salaries from employers. Opportunities for employment are expected to be favorable through 2030 – the Department projects this occupation to grow by 3,180 jobs (including self-employed workers) between 2020 and 2030.

    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 $128,700. Entry-level workers earn about $86,100, and experienced workers earn about $184,800.

    Annual Wage (Q1 2023 dollars, rounded to 100s) – Statewide and by Labor Market Region

    New York State$86,100 $128,700 $184,800
    Capital Region$80,000 $110,400 $169,500
    Central New York$75,000 $103,000 $138,500
    Finger Lakes$73,500 $104,800 $147,000
    Hudson Valley$89,800 $128,200 $180,600
    Long Island$93,700 $132,000 $173,800
    Mohawk Valley$65,700 $98,800 $134,200
    New York City$92,600 $157,600 $207,200
    North Country$61,800 $95,000 $117,100
    Southern Tier$68,300 $97,200 $122,400
    Western New York$72,000 $100,600 $137,700

    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 2022 are listed below.

    Capital Region

    • Johnson Controls
    • Albany Housing Authority
    • VP Supply Corp

    Central New York

    • Johnson Controls
    • Advantage Engineers
    • Jacobs

    Finger Lakes

    • Christa Construction
    • VP Supply Corp
    • WSP Global

    Hudson Valley (All ads posted in 2022 were from a single employer.)

    • KBR

    Long Island

    • Johnson Controls
    • The PAR Group
    • Electronic Environments Corporation

    Mohawk Valley (Employers did not post any job ads online in 2022.)

    New York City

    • One70 Group
    • McCloud Group
    • Ramboll

    North Country (Employers did not post any job ads online in 2022.)

    Southern Tier (All ads posted in 2022 were from a single employer.)

    • J & K Plumbing & Heating

    Western New York

    • Delaware North
    • WSP Global
    • Gilbane Building Company

    Source: Lightcast™. 2022.

    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 CollegeBusinessNoYesYesYesNo
    Hudson Valley Community CollegeBusiness and Criminal JusticeNoYesNoNoNo
    Hudson Valley Community CollegeEngineering, Architecture, Construction, Computer Science and MathematicsYesYesNoNoNo
    SUNY at AlbanySchool of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY Empire State CollegeSchool of BusinessYesYesYesYesNo
    Central New York
    Bryant & Stratton College-Syracuse NorthBusinessNoYesYesNoNo
    Cayuga County Community CollegeSchool of BusinessYesYesNoNoNo
    Le Moyne CollegeMadden School of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Onondaga Community CollegeSchool of Arts, Communication, Business & EntrepreneurshipNoYesNoNoNo
    Onondaga Community CollegeSchool of Technology, Engineering & ComputingNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY College at OswegoSchool of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryConstruction ManagementNoNoYesNoNo
    Syracuse UniversityWhitman School of ManagementNoNoYesYesYes
    Finger Lakes
    Finger Lakes Community CollegeBusiness and TechnologyNoYesNoNoNo
    Genesee Community CollegeBusiness & CommerceNoYesNoNoNo
    Keuka CollegeBusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Monroe Community CollegeBusiness AdministrationNoYesNoNoNo
    Monroe Community CollegeEngineering TechnologiesNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY College at BrockportSchool of Business & ManagementNoNoYesYesNo
    SUNY College at GeneseoSchool of BusinessNoNoYesNoNo
    Hudson Valley
    Dutchess Community CollegeBusiness, Aviation, and Construction ProfessionsNoYesNoNoNo
    Marist CollegeSchool of ManagementNoNoYesYesNo
    Mercy CollegeSchool of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Mount Saint Mary CollegeSchool of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    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
    Long Island UniversitySchool of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Nassau County Community CollegeBusiness & Engineering, Physics, and TechnologyYesYesNoNoNo
    Stony Brook UniversityCollege of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Suffolk County Community CollegeBusiness & Construction TechnologyYesYesNoNoNo
    Mohawk Valley
    Fulton-Montgomery Community CollegeBusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    Herkimer County Community CollegeBusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    Mohawk Valley Community CollegeSchool of Business and HospitalityNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at CobleskillBusiness AdministrationNoYesYesNoNo
    SUNY Polytechnic InstituteBusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Utica UniversityBusiness and EconomicsNoNoYesYesNo
    Utica UniversityConstruction 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 UniversityBusiness Administration and MarketingYesNoYesYesNo
    North Country
    Clarkson UniversityDavid D. Reh School of BusinessNoNoYesYesNo
    Clinton Community CollegeBusinessYesYesNoNoNo
    Jefferson Community CollegeBusinessNoYesNoNoNo
    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 ManagementNoNoYesYesYes
    Ithaca CollegeSchool of BusinessNoNoYesNoNo
    SUNY Broome Community CollegeBusiness and Professional StudiesNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY Corning Community CollegeBusiness and FinanceNoYesNoNoNo
    SUNY at DelhiSchool of Applied Technologies and ArchitectureNoYesYesNoNo
    SUNY at DelhiSchool of Veterinary Science and Professional StudiesNoYesYesNoNo
    Tompkins Cortland Community CollegeBusiness Administration & Construction and Environmental TechnologyYesYesNoNoNo
    Western New York
    Bryant & Stratton CollegeBusinessYesYesYesNoNo
    Erie Community CollegeBusiness & ConstructionYesYesNoNoNo
    Jamestown Business CollegePrograms of StudyNoYesYesNoNo
    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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