Employers of building and construction management graduates are interested in your technical knowledge and professional skills. Find out what you can do with them…
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
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.
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Financial manager
- Further education teacher
- Logistics and distribution manager
- 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.
Many building and construction management 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 do as many companies 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 needed for entry to particular jobs.
Temporary work with a relevant company can also be useful for making contacts and networking. Check firms' websites for details or apply speculatively. For contact information for quantity surveyors, try the RICS Find a Surveyor facility.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
The UK construction industry is dominated by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) 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.
Skills for your CV
You're 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. You'll also develop:
- skills in logical thinking, numeracy and computing;
- the ability to deal with both complex technical detail and the wider demands of a project;
- awareness of issues when planning and managing construction projects;
- understanding of health and safety;
- understanding of effective leadership skills and management of employees;
- areas of technical expertise and interest.
Courses that include group project work and seminars develop teamwork and communication skills, while a placement year can develop skills in self-reliance and initiative, business awareness and building business relationships.
Postgraduate courses are on offer 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).
What do building and construction management graduates do?
More than 85% of building and construction management graduates are in employment and a further 8% are in full-time further study or combine study and work.
A third of building and construction management graduates employed in the UK are working as quantity surveyors, with a further 16% working as chartered surveyors.
|Working and studying||5.4|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||64.6|
|Business, HR and financial||6.2|
|Technicians and other professionals||5.1|
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.
Find out more
- The Building Futures Group - Sector Skills Council for facilities management, housing, property, cleaning and parking.
- Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) - Professional body for those specialising in the technology of building.
- Careers in Construction - Jobs in construction.
- CITB - The Construction Industry Training Board.
- SummitSkills - Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector.