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General Engineering Technology Major

3,126 yearly degrees
#161 in popularity

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

There are 149 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in engineering tech, 50 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 20 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Engineering Tech Degree?

General engineering technology is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #148 in popularity. About 1,400 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 90.6% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 4.2%
  • Black or African American: 8.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 11.4%
  • White: 57.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 14%
  • Other Races: 5.1%
General Engineering Technology Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in engineering tech. About 14% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending engineering tech majors to the U.S. are Saudi Arabia, India and China.

What Will You Learn as a General Engineering Technology Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to 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 Engineering Tech Majors

Engineering tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for General Engineering Technology Majors

Skills for Engineering Tech Majors

When studying 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:

Important Skills for General Engineering Technology Majors
Careers Related to General Engineering Technology
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Online General Engineering Technology Programs

There are 50 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in general engineering technology, with 5 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.


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