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177 Master's Degrees Annually
6 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#208 in Popularity (Master's)
$69,710 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Construction Engineering Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 177
Doctor’s Degree 6
Graduate Certificate 5

What Construction Engineering Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, construction engineering tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Construction Engineering Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in construction engineering tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Construction Engineering Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to construction engineering tech:

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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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Abilities for Construction Engineering Tech Majors

A major in construction engineering tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

What Can You Do With a Construction Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with construction engineering tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Civil Engineering Technicians 8.9% $52,580
Construction Managers 11.1% $93,370
Cost Estimators 10.5% $64,040

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

177 Master's Degrees Annually
31% Percent Women
16% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 69% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Construction Engineering Tech Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 15
White 50
International Students 99
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Construction Engineering Tech. About 55.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Nigeria
  • Venezuela

How Much Do Construction Engineering Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that construction engineering technology students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $66,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $66,600 (25th percentile) and $66,800 (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 engineering tech.

Salaries According to BLS

Construction Engineering Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $54,670 to $103,110 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 engineering tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.4%
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) 16.6%
Some College Courses 15.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 47.8%
Master’s Degree 6.0%

Online Construction Engineering Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 160 schools offered some type of construction engineering technology 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) 42 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 37 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 86 6
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 42 1
Master’s Degree 12 6
Post-Master’s 0 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 Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a construction engineering tech grad is $69,710 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 75% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $596,200 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Production Technology 14,313
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,756
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,875
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,772
Engineering-Related Fields 5,997
Quality Control Technology 4,315
General Engineering Technology 4,212
Computer Engineering Technology 4,180
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,786
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,362
Engineering-Related Technologies 840
Nuclear Engineering Technology 388
Nanotechnology 123

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