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Construction Management

2,575 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
388 Master's Degrees Annually
#18 in Popularity
$103,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Construction Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many construction management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,576
Master’s Degree 388
Associate’s Degree 361
Basic Certificate 144
Graduate Certificate 113
Undergraduate Certificate 76
Doctor’s Degree 6

What Construction Management Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to construction management and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Construction Management Majors

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

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Construction Management Majors

A major in construction management prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Construction Management Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a construction management student include the following:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Construction Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with construction management:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Construction Managers 11.1% $93,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management?

2,576 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
10% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is one of the most frequently chosen business majors. It is the 18th most popular in the country with 2,575 students graduating with a bachelor’s in construction management in 2019. This major attracts more men than women. About 90% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of construction management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Construction Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 40
Black or African American 129
Hispanic or Latino 196
White 1,983
International Students 65
Other Races/Ethnicities 163

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Construction Management. About 2.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • China
  • Canada
  • Mexico

How Much Do Construction Management Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in construction management made a median starting salary of $61,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $57,450 (25th percentile) and $65,000 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to construction management.

Salaries According to BLS

Construction Management majors often go into careers with median salaries of $103,110. This median refers to 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, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with construction management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.0%
Some College Courses 12.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 76.0%
Master’s Degree 4.0%

Online Construction Management Programs

In 2018-2019, 153 schools offered a construction management program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 27 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 23 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 64 2
Bachelor’s Degree 9 4
Post-Baccalaureate 27 0
Master’s Degree 30 11
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Construction Management Worth It?

The median salary for a construction management grad is $103,110 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 158% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,264,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to construction management.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,483
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Real Estate 5,700
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Business/Corporate Communications 968
Telecommunications Management 71

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