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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

When studying construction engineering tech, 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.
  • 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 attracts more men than women. About 69% of the graduates in this field are male.

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

Students from other countries are interested in Construction Engineering Tech, too. 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 careers associated with construction engineering tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 2018-2019, 160 schools offered a construction engineering tech program of some type. 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
Engineering-Related Fields 4,157
Quality Control Technology 714
Industrial Production Technology 413
General Engineering Technology 341
Engineering Technology (Other) 320
Computer Engineering Technology 272
Environmental Control Technology 219
Mechanical Engineering Technology 186
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 178
Electronics Engineering Technology 143
Nanotechnology 77
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 33
Architectural Engineering Technology 21
Engineering-Related Technologies 15
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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