Department of Technology

Building construction management careers

Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018

With around 110 current students, construction management might not be the largest program on campus, but it has few equals when it comes to placement after graduation. Many construction management majors will receive job offers up to a year before their expected graduation date, some with starting wages as high as $75,000.

The construction management program is designed to prepare management-oriented professionals for careers in the construction industry in a variety of different areas: residential, commercial, heavy and highway construction and marketing.

Nationally, UNI has earned recognition for its construction management program over the last decade. As recently as this year, UNI ranked third in College Factual’s 10 Best Colleges for Highly Paid Construction Management Graduates, 16th in College Factual’s Top Construction Management Colleges in the U.S, 22nd in Best Value Schools’ 50 Best Value Schools for Construction Management and 28th in College Choice’s Best Bachelor’s in Construction Management.

College Factual’s ranking describes attending UNI as “a wonderful decision for students pursuing a construction management degree,” and reports that UNI construction management “students who graduate from the program make around $49,078 in the first five years of their career and $102,787 after the first five years of their career.”

Best Value Schools’ ranking applauds UNI’s construction management program for preparing "students for the challenges that lie ahead with a ‘conceptually based,’ interdisciplinary approach that spans engineering, architecture, construction science, business, and even the liberal arts.”

While these rankings help bring attention to the program at the national level, Shahram Varzavand, professor of construction management, emphasizes that many, if not all, of the students in the program are from the state of Iowa. Additionally, most of these students tend to stay in Iowa after they graduate.

In regards to the program’s high placement rate after graduation, Varzavand cites increasing demand in the area of construction management, which continues to be one of the largest and most versatile industries in the United States.

“We cannot produce enough graduates for the industry,” said Varzavand, who has seen students follow a variety of different career paths, from working with insurance companies to serving as facility engineers here at UNI and other universities. With such a wide variety of career options, these students can expect, with hard work, to find success not long after collecting their diploma at Commencement.

Special thanks to Peyton Husmann and the UNI Office of University Relations for reporting this story.