Construction Management Associate Degree
There's more to construction than hard hats and steel-toed boots. Behind the hammering of nails is someone responsible for construction management – the individual who's putting the whole project together and assisting the team in making it come to life. Virtually every construction project you see, whether it's a new convenience store, a downtown apartment building, or a five star restaurant, has required someone with construction management experience. One of the quickest ways to get the required experience to be in that position is to earn a construction management associate degree.
Earning a Construction Management Associate Degree
As with most associate degree programs, the construction management associate degree takes approximately two or three years to complete. To begin the degree program, you'll likely need a high school diploma ore equivalent, depending on where you reside.
Once you've started, you'll be learning about all aspects of construction. You'll learn how to put a project together, how to select materials, and how to estimate how much everything will cost when all is said and done. You'll take courses that cover a variety of different building methods, safety regulations, and learn how different soils or foundations will affect the finished building. Finally, you'll also complete courses dealing with teamwork, management, and leadership.
Construction Management Careers
Once you've completed your construction management associate degree, you'll have the opportunity to leap up the construction food chain. You'll likely end up working as a land developer, project manager, superintendent, contractor, or construction cost estimator.
Thanks to the constant construction going on in almost every city, it's likely you'll be able to move around after you've completed your degree program, though regulations may vary on a state to state basis. Note also that experience in the construction field will give you a massive advantage, and coordinated with your associate degree in construction management, should propel you to near the top of the construction career ladder.
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