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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

32,259

growing 3.48%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$3,469

growing 1.83%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$11,414

declining 10.3%

Average Wage

$96,343

growing 8.76%

People in Workforce

118,088

growing 10.4%

Average Employee Age

41

growing 4.78%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Construction degree recipients are Indianapolis city (balance), IN, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY. The locations with a relatively high number of Construction degree recipients are Utqiagvik, AK, Broadview Heights, OH, and Rancho Cordova, CA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Construction is a < 1 year postsecondary certificate.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Construction and the types of students that study this field. Ivy Tech Community College awards the most degrees in Construction in the US, but Construction Training Center and Berk Trade and Business School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Construction.

Tuition costs for Construction majors are, on average, $3,469 for in-state public colleges, and $11,414 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Construction programs are Public, 2-year institutions (561 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (21,214 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Construction, is Public, 2-year (21,214 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Construction programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$3,469

Median In-State Public

$11,414

Median Out of State Private

Ivy Tech Community College has the most Construction degree recipients, with 1,110 degrees awarded in 2017.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Construction.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Construction programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Construction Training Center and Berk Trade and Business School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Construction, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Construction

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Construction by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Construction.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Construction graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Construction majors is $96,343 and the most common occupations are Construction managers, Other managers, and Project management specialists.

The industry that employs the most Construction majors is Construction, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Real estate property managers, offices of real estate appraisers, and other activities related to real estate.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$96,343

Average Wage in Workforce

± $5,390

8.76%

1 Year Growth

± 7.71%

The average salary for Construction majors is $96,343 and the most common occupations are Construction managers, Other managers, and Project management specialists.

This chart shows the average annual salaries of the most common occupations for Construction majors.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Construction majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Construction majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

The most common occupations Construction majors, by number of employees, are Construction managers, Other managers, and Project management specialists.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Construction majors working as Construction managers, Cost estimators, and Construction & building inspectors.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for Construction majors are Chief executives & legislators, Financial managers, and Sales managers.

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Occupations by Share

118,088

2018 Workforce

± 8,433

10.4%

1 Year Growth

± 9.38%

The number of Construction graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 10.4%, from 106,947 in 2017 to 118,088 in 2018.

The largest single share of Construction graduates go on to work as Construction managers (27.6%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Construction by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

118,088

2018 Workforce

± 8,433

10.4%

1 Year Growth

± 9.38%

The number of Construction graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 10.4%, from 106,947 in 2017 to 118,088 in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Construction graduates by share is Construction, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Construction.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Construction majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Construction in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Construction is 41, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate. Male employees are more likely to hold Construction degrees, and White students earn the majority (17,504) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

41

Average Age in 2018

± 0.853 Years

4.78%

1 Year Change

± 2.93%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Construction. The most common ages of employees with this major are 33 and 34 years old, which represent 4.72% and 4.43% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Construction are < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate, 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Construction are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (94.7%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Construction.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    17,504 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5,846 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    5,090 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Construction for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    92 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Male

    30 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    12 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Construction. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    1,709 degree recipients

  2. Cuba

    997 degree recipients

  3. Philippines

    950 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Ireland

    15.6 times more than expected

  2. United Kingdom, not specified

    7.38 times more than expected

  3. Cuba

    3.13 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Ireland that hold Construction degrees (15.6 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (1,709 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Construction field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction majors need many skills, but most especially Coordination. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Construction majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Construction majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Selection is very distinctive for majors, but the Coordination, Monitoring, and Quality Control Analysis are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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