Building and construction management graduates possess technical knowledge and professional skills highly sought after by employers

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

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.

Work experience

Some building and construction management courses offer a year out in industry, giving you the chance to develop professional contacts and build on your practical skills. Alternatively, you could apply for a summer placement with relevant building or construction companies.

Make the most of any work placements you do as companies may use them 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 that you need for particular jobs.

Temporary work with a relevant company can also be useful for networking. Check firms' websites for details or apply speculatively.

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

Typical employers

The UK construction industry is dominated by small and 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;
  • property development companies;
  • organisations involved in urban regeneration and sustainable development;
  • housing associations;
  • health authorities.

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

Find information on employers in property and construction, engineering and manufacturing, and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

Studying a building and construction management degree allows you to gain an overview of the whole construction process, at the same time as developing your practical skills.

You develop:

  • skills in logical thinking, numeracy and computing;
  • the ability to deal with both complex technical detail and the wider demands of a project;
  • teamwork and communication skills;
  • awareness of issues when planning and managing construction projects;
  • an understanding of health and safety;
  • an understanding of effective leadership skills and management of employees;
  • areas of technical expertise and interest.

You also learn to:

  • assimilate new information quickly;
  • analyse and critically examine a range of information sources and use them in decision making;
  • research a problem in depth;
  • gather, summarise and present information.

Taking a placement year helps you further develop skills in self-reliance and initiative, business awareness and building business relationships.

Further study

Postgraduate courses are on offer in areas such as:

  • business services engineering;
  • construction law;
  • construction management;
  • construction project management;
  • international construction management;
  • sustainable 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 an MBA (route into general management).

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do building and construction management graduates do?

Six months after graduation 86% of building and construction management graduates are in employment. A third of these are working as quantity surveyors, with a further 16% working as chartered surveyors.

DestinationPercentage
Employed85.5
Further study2.3
Working and studying5.4
Unemployed4.1
Other2.7
Graduate destinations for building and construction management
Type of workPercentage
Engineering and building64.6
Managers12.5
Business, HR and financial6.2
Technicians and other professionals5.1
Other11.6
Types of work entered in the UK

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.