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Construction Engineering Major

Construction engineering is a major that typically falls into the Engineering category.

There are 1 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in construction engineering, 24 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 17 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 2 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Construction Engineering Degree?

Construction engineering is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #204 in popularity. About 500 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 85% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 2.1%
  • Black or African American: 2.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.6%
  • White: 75%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 6.3%
  • Other Races: 5.7%
Construction Engineering Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in construction engineering. About 6.3% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending construction engineering majors to the U.S. are India, China and Saudi Arabia.

What Will You Learn as a Construction Engineering Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to construction engineering 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 Construction Engineering Majors

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

Important Knowledge Areas for Construction Engineering Majors

Skills for Construction Engineering Majors

When studying construction engineering, 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 Construction Engineering Majors

Abilities for Construction Engineering Majors

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

Important Abilities for construction engineering Majors

What Can You Do With a Construction Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with construction engineering:

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

Transportation Engineers



Civil Engineers



Energy Engineers



Cost Estimators



Wind Energy Engineers



Architectural and Engineering Managers



Engineering Professors



Solar Energy Systems Engineers



Construction Engineering Major Salary

Average salaries range from $94,000 to $114,000 for careers related to construction engineering. This range includes 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, 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 Construction Engineering Major  ( 94000 to 114000 )
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 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Construction Engineering Major Jobs

Some careers associated with construction engineering may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for construction engineering careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Construction 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 Construction Engineering Programs

There are 24 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering, with 1 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.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Construction Engineering Major Worth It?

The median salary for a construction engineering grad is $99,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 156% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,210,200 after 20 years!

construction engineering 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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