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Architectural Engineering

345 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
18 Master's Degrees Annually
#228 in Popularity
$65,720 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Architectural Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many architectural engineering technology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 583
Bachelor’s Degree 345
Basic Certificate 245
Undergraduate Certificate 45
Master’s Degree 18

What Architectural Engineering Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, AE tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

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

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

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a AE tech student include the following:

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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 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 a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering?

345 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
18% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 345 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering technology in 2018, making it rank #228 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 82% 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:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of AE Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 24
White 261
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

AE Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 3.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Japan

How Much Do Architectural Engineering Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in AE tech have a median salary of $52,600 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $41,800 (25th percentile) and $60,700 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to AE tech.

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 degrees associated with AE tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

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 Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 107 schools offered some type of architectural engineering technology program. 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) 34 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 20 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 91 4
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 34 4
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 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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to AE tech.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Production Technology 14,418
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,842
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,032
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,880
Environmental Control Technology 9,388
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,628
Engineering-Related Fields 6,673
Quality Control Technology 4,467
Computer Engineering Technology 4,406
General Engineering Technology 4,049
Construction Engineering Technology 3,497
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,906
Civil Engineering Technology 1,526
Mining & Petroleum Technology 976
Engineering-Related Technologies 859
Nuclear Engineering Technology 318
Nanotechnology 152

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