Evolving Expectations for Construction Project Managers and Employers

10:55 am -11:25 am

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Juan Ramon Jimenez #2208


With an unemployment rate of just 3.7% and commercial construction spending up 69% from 2015 to 2016, the Washington, DC metropolitan area is experiencing a talent shortage in construction management. This shortage is forcing general contractors and program managers to do more with less, while adapting to a new generation of employees entering the workforce. Meanwhile, project managers are being asked to take on larger projects and more significant leadership roles earlier in their careers. This presentation will explore this evolution of employers’ and employees’ needs in professional construction management careers.

Demographic and market factors are driving construction firms to think differently about how they will meet their clients’ needs. Some of these factors include: backfilling the imminent retirement wave of baby boomers; capitalizing on a more diverse workforce; implementing new technology and construction methods; and competing for the new generation of incoming talent. Candidates and employees face their own challenges in navigating: training, certifications and education requirements; work-life balance; and finding purpose and fulfillment in their careers.

Attendees at this presentation will learn:

• What construction firms are doing to attract the best talent
• Which degrees, certifications and training programs most benefit construction professionals
• How the industry is innovating to increase productivity
• How to build a well-rounded career in construction management from graduation to mid-career


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