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Civil Engineering

527 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#198 in Popularity
$54,670 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Civil Engineering Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 854
Bachelor’s Degree 527
Basic Certificate 78
Undergraduate Certificate 67

What Civil Engineering Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to civil engineering tech were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Civil Engineering Tech Majors

Civil Engineering Tech majors often go into careers in which the following 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Civil Engineering Tech Majors

When studying civil engineering tech, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Civil Engineering Tech Majors

A major in civil engineering tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Civil Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with civil engineering tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Civil Engineering Technicians 8.9% $52,580

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering?

527 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
13% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 527 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology in 2018, making it rank #198 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 87% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Civil Engineering Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 45
Hispanic or Latino 29
White 347
International Students 63
Other Races/Ethnicities 33

Geographic Diversity

Civil Engineering Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 12.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Kuwait

How Much Do Civil Engineering Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that civil engineering technology students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $54,400 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $53,100 (25th percentile) and $55,600 (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 civil engineering tech.

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to civil engineering tech is $54,670. 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 civil 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 civil engineering tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.6%
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) 29.8%
Some College Courses 28.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 21.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 18.3%

Online Civil Engineering Programs

In 2017-2018, 169 schools offered a civil 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) 38 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 26 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 131 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 38 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
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 Civil Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a civil engineering tech grad is $54,670 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 37% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $295,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to civil engineering 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
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,236
Mining & Petroleum Technology 976
Engineering-Related Technologies 859
Nuclear Engineering Technology 318
Nanotechnology 152

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