Careers and Outcomes

A leader in the construction industry

Because you take both management and technically oriented courses, you can pursue a wide range of both technical- and management-oriented positions. In fact, the versatility of our graduates and their ability to function in a variety of settings make them very valuable and highly sought.

Constructors oversee the organization, scheduling and implementation strategies of a variety of construction projects. Our graduates pursue careers in construction companies and in companies that provide support services to the construction industry:

  • Construction supervisor or superintendent
  • Estimator
  • Expediter
  • Inspection
  • Insurance
  • Material supply
  • Project engineer
  • Project manager

Job outlook

Construction supervisors at work

With annual expenditures in excess of $1.1 trillion, the construction industry is the single largest growing industry in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in construction along with work experience leads to more job opportunities both within firms and as an owner of your own company.

The salaries construction managers and self-employed contractors receive varies on the nature and location of the construction project. In May 2008, the median salary of construction managers was $79,860, and students with a degree in construction management received job offers averaging $53,199 annually.

Career Center

Carrington Hall

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center  provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. A Career Center office is also conveniently located in Glass Hall.

Employers

For a list of possible employers, visit the Employers page

Construction Career Night and Company Information Night

Early each Fall, the program holds the Annual Construction Roundtable Night [video].  This unique event allows prospective employers to meet with students in a small group setting.  Students learn about the construction industry while securing paid internships and full-time employment.  During the Spring semester, construction companies host a number of information sessions and interviews.  The department is proud of its strong relationships with employers and the job opportunities afforded to our students.