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436 Associates's Degrees Annually
#80 in Popularity (Associate's)
$70,540 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Construction Trades Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,543
Associate’s Degree 436
Undergraduate Certificate 313

What General Construction Trades Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to general construction trades 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 General Construction Trades Majors

General Construction Trades majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for General Construction Trades Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for General Construction Trades Majors

General Construction Trades majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a General Construction Trades Major?

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

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in General Construction Trades?

436 Associate's Degrees Annually
12% Percent Women
64% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 88% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Construction Trades Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 91
Black or African American 14
Hispanic or Latino 43
White 124
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 161

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in General Construction Trades. About 0.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Construction Trades Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to general construction trades is $70,540. 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 careers associated with general construction trades 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 general construction trades have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 6.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 39.3%
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) 21.3%
Some College Courses 32.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.8%

Online General Construction Trades Programs

In 2018-2019, 113 schools offered a general construction trades 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 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 57 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 63 5
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 55 1
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 General Construction Trades Worth It?

The median salary for a general construction trades grad is $70,540 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 77% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $612,800 after 20 years!

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