Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Construction

Construction field of degree. Employment: 132,150. Median annual wage: $80,000.

Construction field of degree. Employment: 132,150. Median annual wage: $80,000

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Table 1. Construction degree, 2018

Data

Construction

All fields

Employment

132,150 55,381,020

Median wage

$80,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

5 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

59 59

Percent with an advanced degree

10 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of construction major, 2018

Construction major

Major share

Construction services

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a construction degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Management occupations

46%

Construction and extraction occupations

11

Business and financial operations occupations

9

Sales and related occupations

6

Architecture and engineering occupations

6

Other

22

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a construction degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Construction managers

8% Bachelor's degree 26% 7%

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

6 Bachelor's degree 4 28

General and operations managers

6 Bachelor's degree 2 12

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

5 High school diploma or equivalent 4 2

Construction laborers

5 No formal educational credential 3 1

Civil engineers

2 Bachelor's degree 4 28

Carpenters

High school diploma or equivalent 2 1

Cost estimators

-1 Bachelor's degree 4 5

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 8 21

Chief executives

-10 Bachelor's degree 4 30

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Construction,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/construction/construction-field-of-degree.htm (visited November 04, 2021).

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