How to become a Building Site Manager

Building site managers supervise the work carried out on construction sites.

Personal requirements of a Building Site Manager

  • Good communication skills
  • management and leadership skills
  • aptitude for technical activities.

Duties & Tasks of a Building Site Manager

A building site manager may perform the following tasks:

  • provide skilled assistance to builders in planning and organising building projects by interpreting and carrying out their directions
  • interpret building plans, regulations and codes of practice in order to direct the progress of work and monitor compliance with construction documents
  • calculate costs and estimate completion times to prepare tender bids and deal with contract variations
  • arrange supply of materials and equipment
  • draw up detailed programs for site works and the coordination of building workers, and record variations from design drawings or specifications
  • negotiate with subcontractors and make reports for builders and architects.

Working conditions for a Building Site Manager

Some building site managers are self-employed as contractors or consultants to larger building companies.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 2.2%

NSW 38.3%

NT 1.3%

QLD 17%

SA 4.4%

TAS 3%

VIC 25.2%

WA 8.5%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 92.7%

Female 7.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.3%

Not completed Year 12: 5.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 47.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 12.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 16.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.9%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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