Management and Other Careers

Management and Other Careers


Contractors are companies hired by owners to complete building projects. They provide management, coordination, equipment and supplies, as well as hire labor (building trades) to complete each Better Built project with the highest quality, on time and in budget.

Examples of management careers:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) / President / Owner
  • Division Manager / Officer
  • Estimator
  • Project Manager
  • Engineer / Architect
  • Design-Build Director
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Safety Director
  • Business Development Director / Sales Associate
  • Marketing Director
  • Information Technology (IT) Director
  • Office Manager
  • Job Superintendent
  • Job Foreman

For a list of area contractors who hire union building trades, go to the Member Directory.

For more information about local contractors, also visit Greater Peoria Contractors and Suppliers Association (GPCSA).

Good Wages and Benefits 

Workers in management careers negotiate wages and benefits on an individual basis with their employers. They generally draw good salaries and have benefit packages that allow them to prepare for retirement, take care of family health needs, and contribute to the local economy.

Training and Entry Requirements

Management careers often require a Bachelor's degree in project management, business, architecture, and/or engineering. Many workers in management positions began in the trades and gradually moved into supervisory or management roles.

Skills necessary to enter management careers include good communication, math, organization, computer knowledge, and good work ethic (i.e., cooperative attitude, showing up on time). 

Those individuals interested in contracting or management careers can explore construction programs at many colleges and universities, including the following local schools:

Some contractors offer internship and/or job shadow opportunities for those interested in management careers.

Typical Work Day--Love What You Do 

Those in management careers work in a variety of settings. They may work in an office environment and/or may need to visit construction job sites. Management workers may spend time meeting with project owners, architects, potential clients, and labor representatives.

When management workers spend time on job sites, they must be prepared for various weather conditions and adhere to strict safety rules, including wearing proper protective equipment.

Cooperation and good communication with co-workers, employees, labor, and clients is critical for construction projects to be completed on time, in budget, and with the highest quality. Management workers also use math and organizational skills frequently to complete their work.

Just like building trades workers, when asked what they love most about their jobs, pride and satisfaction top the list. They see the results of their hard work and skill in completed projects in their communities.  

Safety and Health

Safety is a priority in union construction. Contractors and building trades work together to ensure the safety of each worker, adhering to strict safety standards set and monitored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

All construction workers, labor and management, must use appropriate safety equipment on job sites and complete regular safety and health training and certification.

Ongoing Training and Certification

Management workers must regularly update their skills. This means they must go through additional training and certification in a number of areas, especially related to their specialty and including safety and health.

Other Construction Careers Provide Support

Construction on a job site cannot happen without additional support and guidance. Each of the following careers has its own, specific training requirements, including Bachelor's, Associate's, and/or technical degrees.

  • Supplier (construction materials, safety equipment, etc.)
  • Accountant / Bookkeeper
  • Administrative Assistant / Clerical Staff
  • Engineer /Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Owner's Representative / Construction Manager
  • Information Technology Systems Specialist
  • Trucking Company Owner / Transportation Coordinator
  • Marketing Agent
  • Trainer / Instructor
  • Negotiations Facilitator / Arbitrator
  • Director of Industry Association
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