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Construction Manager: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016

As economic growth drives building activity, individuals who can keep projects on time and track will be in demand

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Construction Manager Jobs — Canada’s Best Jobs

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Median Salary: $79,997
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +15%
Total Employees: 46,400
Change in Employees (2009–2015): +26%

Job Description:

This group of managers are employed by construction companies to organize and administer the activities of building teams. They create budget estimates, and establish the schedules and milestones that guide a construction projection from start to finish.

Job Qualifications:

A university degree in civil engineering or a college diploma in construction technology is necessary. Entering management will also require that you work your way up in the construction industry.


Construction managers are paid according to experience. Entry-level managers earn around $65,000 a year, but those with more than a decade on the job can earn up to $100,000 annually. Pay also varies by location. Construction managers in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray earn higher than average salaries, with some of those working near the oilsands earning more than $200,000 a year.

Career Opportunity:

The number of construction managers has risen significantly in recent years. The upward trend is expected to continue in the next few years, as economic growth drives more construction projects, fuelling employment opportunities in the industry.

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