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453 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#210 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 742
Bachelor’s Degree 453
Basic Certificate 92
Undergraduate Certificate 70

What Civil Engineering Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, civil engineering 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 Civil Engineering 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.
  • 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

A major in civil engineering tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

As you progress with your civil engineering 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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  • 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?

People with a civil engineering tech degree often go into the following careers:

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

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

453 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
13% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 453 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology in 2019, making it rank #210 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 87% of recent graduates are men.

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 12
Black or African American 42
Hispanic or Latino 35
White 297
International Students 52
Other Races/Ethnicities 15

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Civil Engineering Tech. About 11.5% 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

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology 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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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a civil engineering tech degree.

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 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, 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 careers associated with civil engineering tech 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 schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to civil engineering 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) 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 2018-2019, 167 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) 40 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 25 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 130 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 40 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 14,313
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
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,362
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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