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Building Construction Technology

349 Associates's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#86 in Popularity (Associate's)
$54,670 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Building Construction Technology Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 541
Undergraduate Certificate 472
Associate’s Degree 349

What Building Construction Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to building construction technology 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 Building Construction Technology 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Building Construction Technology Majors

building construction technology majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Abilities for Building Construction Technology Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a building construction technology student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Building Construction Technology Major?

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

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Civil Engineering Technicians 8.9% $52,580
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Building Construction Technology?

349 Associate's Degrees Annually
9% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 91% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Building Construction Technology Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 55
White 214
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 49

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Building Construction Technology, too. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Building Construction Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $54,670 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to building construction technology. 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.

Median Salary for a Building Construction Technology Major  ( 54670 to 70540 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with building construction technology 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 building construction technology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 21.9%
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) 25.3%
Some College Courses 30.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 8.7%

Online Building Construction Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 126 schools offered a building construction technology 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) 55 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 69 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 7 0
Associate’s Degree 59 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 55 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Building Construction Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a building construction technology grad is $54,670 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 37% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $295,400 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Building/Property Maintenance 1,699
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 752
Other Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection 609
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 301
Glazier 67
Drywall Installation/Drywaller 62
Painting/Painter & Wall Coverer 52
Roofer 30
Carpet, Floor, & Tile Worker 10
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher 6
Metal Building Assembly/Assembler 0
Insulator 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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