Construction & Facility Management

About the Major

A major in Construction and Facility Management prepares you for a career in the built environment. Students in the program blend design and engineering concepts with essential skills in business, construction, and facility management.  Students also gain aptitude in estimating documents, scheduling contracts, planning project execution, measuring results and ensuring quality, and project management. Read more about the major.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Project Manager
  • Owner Representative
  • Field Engineer
  • QA/QC Inspector
  • General Superintendent
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Contractor or Subcontractor
  • Supplier or Vendor
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Building Inspector
  • Project Assistant
  • BIM Specialist
  • Facility Manager

Types of Employers

  • Specialty trade contractors (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.)
  • General building contractors and subcontractors
  • Self employment
  • Building owners and managers
  • Real estate developers
  • Government agencies
  • Architectural and engineering firms
  • Specialty consulting firms

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: construction, management, residential, commercial, independent contractors, project management
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • CCAPS Pura Vida Tour