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.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of construction majors is as follows:
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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:
Skills for Construction Majors
Construction majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
Abilities for Construction Majors
Construction majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:
What Can You Do With a Construction Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with construction:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers||12.6%||$65,230|
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.
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.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||6.3%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||39.3%|
|Some College Courses||32.9%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||0.8%|
|First Professional Degree||0%|
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!
- Electrical & Power Installation
- Building Management & Inspection
- Plumbing & Water Supply
- Other Construction
Featured Construction Trades Schools
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