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Architectural Engineering Technology

666 Associates's Degrees Annually
407 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#60 in Popularity (Associate's)
$65,720 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Architectural Engineering Technology Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 666
Bachelor’s Degree 407
Basic Certificate 216
Undergraduate Certificate 52

What Architectural Engineering Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to AE tech 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 AE Tech Majors

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

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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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Skills for AE Tech Majors

A major in AE tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Abilities for AE Tech Majors

As a AE tech major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Architectural Engineering Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with AE tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Photonics Technicians 5.2% $63,200

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology?

666 Associate's Degrees Annually
31% Percent Women
30% 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 AE tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 26
Black or African American 63
Hispanic or Latino 87
White 352
International Students 23
Other Races/Ethnicities 115

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in AE Tech, too. About 3.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Architectural Engineering Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

AE Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $65,720. This median refers to 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 AE 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 AE tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 12.1%
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) 12.1%
Some College Courses 16.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 32.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 12.1%
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. 8.1%
Master’s Degree 8.1%

Online Architectural Engineering Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 105 schools offered a AE 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) 32 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 19 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 90 2
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 32 2
Master’s Degree 2 1
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 Architectural Engineering Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a AE tech grad is $65,720 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 65% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $516,400 after 20 years!

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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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