There are many opportunities in the building and construction industry: construction and site management, project and contracts management and civil engineering to name a few. As well as a university degree, many employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for the industry.

The work

Building and construction professionals constitute a relatively low proportion of the industry. However, there are employment opportunities for graduates with local government, civil engineering contractors, developers, private construction companies, specialist consultants and as professionalsbuildingconstructionperson running their own businesses.
Graduate opportunities are mostly found in the following occupational areas: architecture; building and construction management; cartography and surveying; interior design; quantity surveying; civil and structural engineering; and urban and regional planning.

What you need

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher qualification, or a minimum of five years relevant experience in a professional role
  • Mathematical abilities are highly valued, as many roles involve the calculation of financial data and design physics
  • Creativity and the ability to conceptualise ideas and project requirements based on client needs and transfer these concepts to technical drawings and illustrations
  • In-depth knowledge of design, engineering and technology is vital
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) skills

Occupation profile

Building & Construction Manager

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Average weekly earnings
(Full time workers, before tax)
Recent job growth
12.4% over 5 years
How many in this position are working full time? Future employment growth
buildingconstructionpie 90.9%
Very strong growth


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