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Architectural Engineering

407 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
21 Master's Degrees Annually
#216 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 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
Master’s Degree 21

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

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

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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 you progress with your AE tech degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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?

407 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
20% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 407 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering technology in 2019, making it rank #216 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 80% 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 12
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 42
White 293
International Students 18
Other Races/Ethnicities 20

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in AE Tech, too. About 4.4% 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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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to AE tech so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to AE tech is $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. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

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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 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 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 14,313
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,756
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,875
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,772
Engineering-Related Fields 5,997
Quality Control Technology 4,315
General Engineering Technology 4,212
Computer Engineering Technology 4,180
Construction Engineering Technology 3,824
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,786
Civil Engineering Technology 1,357
Engineering-Related Technologies 840
Mining & Petroleum Technology 705
Nuclear Engineering Technology 388
Nanotechnology 123

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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