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Construction Engineering Technology

690 Associates's Degrees Annually
2,758 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#53 in Popularity (Associate's)
$69,710 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Construction Engineering Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many construction engineering technology/technician graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,758
Associate Degree 690
Basic Certificate 395
Undergraduate Certificate 223

What Construction Engineering Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to construction engineering tech 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 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

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

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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

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

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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 Technology 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

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

690 Associate's Degrees Annually
17% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 83% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 72
Hispanic or Latino 161
White 384
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 34

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Construction Engineering Tech, too. About 2.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Construction Engineering Technology Majors Make?

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.

Median Salary for a Construction Engineering Technology Major  ( 54670 to 103110 )
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Some degrees associated with construction engineering tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 Technology Programs

In 2020-2021, 157 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 36 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 82 3
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 17 7
Post-Master’s 1 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 Technology 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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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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