Recession Proofing Your Construction Career

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When a recession hits, it creates a chain reaction. First, companies struggle to profit from their goods and services. This forces them to streamline their operations, which results in the discontinuation of some services or products and, in most cases, employee layoffs. When employees are laid off, their family incomes are decreased or lost altogether depending on the number of working people in each household. Families with members that are out of work reduce their budgets, which mean buying less and living within or below their means. This also takes people out of the market for buying new homes. When homes aren't sold, the real estate industry takes a hard hit, especially the construction arena. Construction specialists struggle to find work during these periods but those with the proper education can give themselves an edge that will keep them competitive and employed during these tough times.

Earning a construction management degree can put a person ahead of other candidates in the construction field because it shows that they know the basics of building construction and that they have a foundation to build upon. Construction managers are usually responsible for the physical construction of a building or section if the work deals with remodeling or renovations. They usually work on behalf of an owner or developer, but construction managers can also be individual consultants. Working as a contractor gives people with this degree and experience the opportunity to earn a living when companies reduce or freeze hiring during tough times. Construction managers oversee the workforce, materials, and safety issues for employees and the communities surrounding each site. Understanding the high level perspective as well as the small details makes this job challenging yet rewarding.

To step into a construction management role, a person should have a good amount of construction experience that can be gained through apprenticeships or on-the-job training. There are many construction schools that offer degree programs in construction management. The courses taken will teach students how to provide accurate timelines for completion and cost estimates as well as give the technical training to use state-of-the-art tools and specialized industry software. Many online colleges also offer construction management degree programs.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27