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October 24, 2016

Construction Management provides excellent career options

A recent report by Zippia lists the top 100 highest paying jobs in Alaska.  Construction Management, coming in at #19 on the list, boasts a very high level of demand--with an expected 1,100 job openings in Alaska--and an average annual salary of over $122,000.

The University of Alaska Anchorage CTC Construction Management program provides options for an AAS or a BS degree. Students learn how to work closely with architects, engineers, owners and other contractors on a construction project. Construction managers determine construction means and methods and the most cost-effective plans and schedules. They control construction costs, administer the contract and monitor work progress while ensuring compliance with the project design. Construction managers work in all sectors of the construction industry, for both public and private owners, on projects that range from residential projects to skyscrapers and from rural roads to major highways and bridges. The construction manager’s duties are varied, challenging and rewarding.

The CM program at UAA was developed with input from Alaska contractors and professional industry organizations to provide students with a broad knowledge of construction processes and techniques. CM graduates understand basic business principles and possess broad knowledge of the technical and operational aspects of the construction industry. Graduates are able to function both in the construction office and on the job site.

The wide diversity in the construction management profession creates a similar diversity of employment opportunities for graduates. Associate degree graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in varying construction management roles for contractors in both home office and project office/field situations. Bachelor’s degree graduates are prepared for a wide variety of professional-level employment opportunities in construction companies, construction management consulting firms, and in the offices of government and project owner agencies. The Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management requires four to five semesters to complete. The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management requires eight to nine semesters to complete.

The AAS and BS in Construction Management are accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).  If you are interested in building your career in this exciting industry, contact the department at (907) 786-6465 or apply today!