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388 Master's Degrees Annually
6 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#162 in Popularity (Master's)
$103,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Construction Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many construction management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 388
Graduate Certificate 113
Doctor’s Degree 6

What Construction Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to construction management were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Construction Management Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Construction Management Majors

When studying construction management, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Construction Management Majors

As you progress with your construction management degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Construction Management Major?

People with a construction management degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Construction Managers 11.1% $93,370

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Construction Management?

388 Master's Degrees Annually
24% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major attracts more men than women. About 76% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of construction management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Construction Management Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 21
Black or African American 33
Hispanic or Latino 47
White 173
International Students 91
Other Races/Ethnicities 23

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Construction Management, too. About 23.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • China
  • Canada
  • Mexico

How Much Do Construction Management Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in construction management have a median salary of $92,950 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $85,525 (25th percentile) and $100,375 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to construction management.

Salaries According to BLS

Construction Management majors often go into careers with median salaries of $103,110. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with construction management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for construction management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.0%
Some College Courses 12.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 76.0%
Master’s Degree 4.0%

Online Construction Management Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 schools offered some type of construction management program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 27 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 23 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 64 2
Bachelor’s Degree 9 4
Post-Baccalaureate 27 0
Master’s Degree 30 11
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Construction Management Worth It?

The median salary for a construction management grad is $103,110 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 158% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,264,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to construction management.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,483
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Real Estate 5,700
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Business/Corporate Communications 968
Telecommunications Management 71

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