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Options with your subject: Building and construction management

Employers of building and construction management graduates are interested in your technical subject and professional skills. Find out what you can do with them…

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

The technical, management and professional skills developed during your degree are also welcomed by employers in other career areas such as finance, marketing, logistics, personnel and general management.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.

Work experience

Many building/construction courses offer chances to complete placements, or you could try to secure summer work with relevant companies. Make the most of any work placements you undertake as a lot of companies use placements as a way to recruit future employees. Placements also provide a good opportunity to find out more about the structure of the industry and the skills and qualities needed for entry to particular jobs. Temporary work with a relevant company can also be useful for making contacts and networking.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

The UK construction industry is dominated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a relatively small number of larger companies. The private sector is a major source of employment. Local government and government bodies also offer employment opportunities.

Typical employers include:

  • UK or international construction companies;
  • design and build companies;
  • civil engineering contractors;
  • building and project management companies or consultancies;
  • housing associations;
  • health authorities.

Find information on employers in property and constructionengineering and manufacturing, and other job sectors

Skills for your CV

Studying to degree level means you are able to assimilate new information quickly, analyse and critically examine various information sources and use them in decision making, research a problem in depth, and gather, summarise and present information.

Building and construction management courses help you develop:

  • specific skills in logical thinking, numeracy and computing, as well as the ability to deal with both complex technical detail and the wider demands of a project;
  • an awareness of issues when planning and managing construction projects, such as cost, environmental considerations and building regulations;
  • an understanding of health and safety within the construction industry;
  • an understanding of effective leadership skills and effective management of employees;
  • areas of technical expertise and interest.

Courses that include group project work and seminars enable you to develop teamwork and communication skills. Courses with a placement year can build skills in self-reliance and initiative, business awareness and the ability to build business relationships.

Further study

Postgraduate courses are available in areas such as construction management, construction project management, sustainable management, construction law and international construction management. Masters conversion courses, accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) , are also available in building surveying and quantity surveying.

Industry professionals use further technical study as a means of career development or to achieve chartered status with professional bodies such as RICS and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) .

Direct entry onto a research degree (MPhil or PhD) is also possible with a good honours degree, as is entry on to the MBA (route into general management).

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see postgraduate study in the UK and search courses and research.

What do building and construction management graduates do?

Just over 80% of building and construction management graduates are in employment. Another 8% are in full-time further study or combine study and work.

More than a third of those who are working are quantity surveyors, 12% are chartered surveyors and 11% are managers or project managers in construction. Other professions in the top ten include civil engineers, property, housing or estate managers and estimators, valuers and assesors.

Graduate destinations for building and construction management
Destinations Percentage
Employed 81.7%
Further study 2.9%
Working and studying 5.1%
Unemployed 7.2%
Other 3.1%
Types of work entered in the UK
Engineering and building 61%
Managers 9.5%
Business, HR and financial 6.4%
Retail, catering and bar work 4.5%
Other 18.6%

For a detailed breakdown of what architecture and building graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?  

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.


Further information

Written by AGCAS editors
February 2012

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