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Architectural Engineering

173 Master's Degrees Annually
15 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#211 in Popularity (Master's)
$99,410 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Architectural Engineering Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 173
Graduate Certificate 59
Doctor’s Degree 15

What Architectural Engineering Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to architectural engineering and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Architectural Engineering Majors

Architectural Engineering majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Architectural Engineering Majors

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

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Architectural Engineering Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a architectural engineering student include the following:

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  • 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.
  • 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 Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Architectural Engineering Major?

People with a architectural engineering degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Solar Energy Systems Engineers 6.4% $96,980

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

173 Master's Degrees Annually
37% Percent Women
16% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 63% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Architectural Engineering Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 104
International Students 39
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Architectural Engineering. About 22.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • India

How Much Do Architectural Engineering Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of architectural engineering students with a master’s degree is $67,500 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $67,050 (25th percentile) and $67,950 (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 architectural engineering.

Salaries According to BLS

Architectural Engineering majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $99,320 to $113,680 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes 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 careers associated with architectural engineering 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to architectural engineering have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.0%
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) 1.0%
Some College Courses 1.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 43.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.2%
Master’s Degree 16.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.8%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 4.1%
Doctoral Degree 18.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.8%

Online Architectural Engineering Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 schools offered some type of architectural engineering 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 14 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Architectural Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a architectural engineering grad is $99,410 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,190,200 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Electrical Engineering 12,934
Mechanical Engineering 9,668
Civil Engineering 6,961
Computer Engineering 5,021
Biomedical Engineering 4,057
General Engineering 3,449
Industrial Engineering 3,359
Chemical Engineering 2,897
Systems Engineering 2,639
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 2,163
Materials Engineering 1,863
Other Engineering 1,859
Operations Research 1,273
Environmental Engineering 1,117
Petroleum Engineering 537
Engineering Science 451
Nuclear Engineering 440
Manufacturing Engineering 412
Agricultural Engineering 338
Robotics Engineering 333
Construction Engineering 312
Engineering Physics 282
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 205
Geoscience Engineering 176
Engineering Mechanics 168
Ocean Engineering 154
Mining Engineering 142
Textile Engineering 106
Biological Engineering 63
Metallurgical Engineering 51
Marine Engineering 48
Ceramic Engineering 30
Surveying Engineering 21
Electromechanical Engineering 17
Paper Science & Engineering 9
Biochemical Engineering 6
Forest Engineering 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.

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