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Civil Engineering Major

1,381 yearly degrees
#229 in popularity
$55,000 median salary

Civil engineering technology is a major that typically falls into the Engineering Technologies category.

There are 131 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in civil engineering tech, 34 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Civil Engineering Tech Degree?

Civil engineering technology is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #201 in popularity. About 500 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 87.5% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 1.9%
  • Black or African American: 8.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 5.5%
  • White: 65.8%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 12%
  • Other Races: 6.3%
Civil Engineering Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in civil engineering tech. About 12% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending civil engineering tech majors to the U.S. are Saudi Arabia, China and Nigeria.

What Will You Learn as a Civil Engineering Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to civil engineering tech 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 Civil Engineering Tech Majors

A major in civil engineering tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Civil Engineering Majors

Skills for Civil Engineering Tech Majors

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

Important Skills for Civil Engineering Majors

Abilities for Civil Engineering Tech Majors

Civil engineering tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for civil engineering tech Majors

What Can You Do With a Civil Engineering Tech Major?

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

Careers Related to Civil Engineering
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Civil Engineering Technicians



Civil Engineering Major Salary

Average salaries range from $55,000 to $55,000 for careers related to civil engineering tech. This range includes 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, 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.

Average Salary for a Civil Engineering Tech Major  ( 55000 to 55000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

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 Civil Engineering Major Jobs

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 education 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.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Civil Engineering
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Civil Engineering Programs

There are 34 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology, 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.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Civil Engineering Major Worth It?

The median salary for a civil engineering tech grad is $55,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 41% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $315,400 after 20 years!

civil engineering technology salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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