As a building and construction management graduate, your technical skills, business knowledge and communication skills will be valued by employers in a range of sectors
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Building control surveyor
- Building services engineer
- Building surveyor
- Construction manager
- Quantity surveyor
- Site engineer
- Sustainability consultant
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Architectural technologist
- Facilities manager
- Financial manager
- Further education teacher
- Management consultant
- Planning and development surveyor
- Town planner
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
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 a building or construction company. If you're studying a relevant course it will usually include site visits and field trips, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice.
Make the most of any work placements 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. Check firms' websites for details or apply speculatively using a targeted CV and covering letter.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
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.
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.
- 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, as well as the ability to work independently without supervision
- 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'll 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.
Postgraduate courses are on offer in areas such as:
- business services engineering
- construction law
- construction management
- construction project management
- international construction management
- sustainable management.
Industry professionals use further technical study as a means of career development or to achieve chartered status with professional bodies such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (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 (as a route into general management).
For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in construction management.
What do building and construction management graduates do?
Of those in employment in the UK six months after graduation, 60% are working as construction professionals.
Over a third are working as quantity surveyors and 15% work as chartered surveyors.
|Working and studying||4|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||67.5|
|Technicians and other professionals||5.8|
|Business, HR and financial||4.7|
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.