If you’re ambitious, and just starting in the construction industry, being a project manager could be an achievable goal. The construction manager is responsible for overseeing projects, scheduling work hours, hiring contractors, and budgeting for the project. The median salary is $83,860 with the top managers making $150,000. Some large companies feel the position requires a bachelor’s degree, but long-time experience in all areas of either residential or commercial construction is still considered the best ticket to getting the job. And you only need a high school education to get started.