Take for example general contracting construction careers. In some states, you will need to pass a very stringent exam given by the state itself, but you'll only be qualified to take the exam if you have X amount of experience on the job site. So, often a construction executive job will open up for you only if you've begun at the bottom. Different states also require a Bachelor of Science degree though some require none.
Construction careers in the executive side of construction means that you may be able to seek construction employment as: construction superintendent, construction estimator, specific construction project manager, civil engineer, architect, construction engineer, construction safety management, construction procedural management, general construction manager, facility manager, or general construction engineering jobs.
Most of those jobs require at least a Bachelor of Science degree in building construction management, a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture, or a Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering.
For example, if you wished to become an executive director for union contractors, you would need established leadership ability, a deep working comprehension of the general construction industry, have experience in conducting labor relations, have intense negotiation skills, as well as a proven capability to advocate for union contractors. This also means that you will be an effective communicator as well as also having the ability to implement new plans. In this particular case, experience may be more helpful than a degree.
Gaining any type of experience in any variety of construction jobs will be extremely helpful for finding a construction executive job. For instance you could gain experience in dealing with project schedules, safety, and quality control, or dealing specifically with project budgets.
You may perhaps wish to be an accountant for a construction company. In this case, you will need a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, though a Bachelor of Science degree in managerial and administrative accounting would also be an excellent step in the right direction. Thus if you have a propensity for dealing with facts and figures, but loathe income tax work, you may find that this is the right direction for you to follow. Construction employment for accountants is always highly remunerative.
Or, you may decide that being a construction estimator is more for you. In that case you would possibly need a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management. However, as you are studying, you will need to gain knowledge of construction materials, procedures and of course costs. You will need to have good computer knowledge as a tremendous amount of your work will involve computers, such as accounting software and take off software. Getting a construction job as an assistant to the construction estimator and working your way up the ranks may do away with needing a college degree. In this case, you may wish to broaden your knowledge through community college courses in estimating for example.