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The major reason students find the Columbus State Construction Management (CMGT) program attractive is to begin, grow, and direct their skills in the industry, resulting is a well-paying career-oriented position. Since the program was started in 1979, students and graduates have found part- and full-time positions in the local area, region, state and country. It is not uncommon to find graduates working internationally on major infrastructure and building projects. Whether public or private sector; new construction or remodeling; or architectural and engineering oriented; positions continue to be available in a variety of firms.
The program provides a broad, yet focused scope of skills. Experienced CAD drafting, surveying, materials testing and OSHA 30-Hour credential complete the CMGT tech
Employers with entry to mid-level positions prefer CMGT graduates because of the hands-on practical education and training they receive. Some graduates start their own companies and look to the CMGT program for interns and new hires. Students changing careers find the CMGT program attractive to enhance technical skills.
Many bachelor's and master's degree holders recognize the CMGT program as the new “graduate school,” and come for the technical training and update to update skills. Employers desire current skills, especially with the advent of Building Integration Modeling (BIM), cloud technology, and Universal Design
CMGT has never had a placement program due to the program quality and interaction with local, regional, and national firms and trade organizations. Despite the challenges of recent years, 95% of graduates have found positions related to CMGT due their education, training, and commitment to the industry. A 2012 survey of graduates indicated an average starting salary of $38,000, with many respondents reporting a doubling of salary within five years.