- knowledge of building and construction
- maths knowledge
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- leadership skills
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- business management skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- excellent verbal communication skills
- customer service skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day activities may include:
- checking plans with architects, surveyors and engineers
- hiring staff and buying materials
- planning work schedules
- monitoring building progress and costs
- checking quality
- reporting to clients
- maintaining and promoting health and safety
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work on a construction site or at a client's business.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height and you may spend nights away from home.
With experience, you could progress into contract management or consultancy. With further training, you could move into support services like health and safety and building inspection.
You can improve your career prospects by getting chartered status, through an industry body like the The Chartered Institute of Building.