Shooting a big-budget movie is like building an entire world from the ground up. Inside massive studio soundstages, teams of set builders, carpenters, riggers, plasterers, painters, and even plumbers work long hours to construct exteriors and interiors of buildings and homes [source: SkillSet.org]. They also build the stages and structures needed for special effects shots involving live actors. Overseeing this huge crew of unionized labor is the construction manager.
Construction managers report directly to the art director and work closely with the production designers and set designers to recreate the director's vision with wood, nails, plaster and paint. The construction manager needs to have the technical prowess to get the job done and the management skills to keep a large team of workers on time and on budget.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean salary for a specialty trade contractor in construction management was $91,620 in 2010.