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Construction Major

351 yearly degrees
#207 in popularity
$71,000 median salary

Construction is a major that typically falls into the Construction Trades category.

There are 61 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in construction, 1 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Construction Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in construction in 2017.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of construction majors is as follows:

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Construction Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

What Will You Learn as a Construction Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to construction to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Construction Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Construction Majors

Skills for Construction Majors

Construction majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Construction Majors

Abilities for Construction Majors

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

Important Abilities for construction Majors

What Can You Do With a Construction Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with construction:

Careers Related to Construction
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers



Construction Major Salary

Average salaries range from $71,000 to $71,000 for careers related to construction. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Construction Major  ( 71000 to 71000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Construction Major Jobs

Some careers associated with construction require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Construction
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Construction Programs

There are 1 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in construction, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Construction Major Worth It?

The median salary for a construction grad is $71,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 81% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $632,800 after 20 years!

construction salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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