Individuals who have earned a degree in construction engineering can play one of a number of important roles in ensuring a project is completed in a timely, efficient and safe manner. The employment opportunities are projected to grow as fast as or faster than the national average for all occupations.
Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in construction engineering technologies are available. These programs include classes in design and construction law, project management, engineering design principles, safety and construction materials.
|Career||Construction Manager||Cost Estimator|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's degree or several years' work experience||Bachelor's degree|
|Other Requirements||Certification recommended||Certification recommended|
|Job Growth* (2014-2024)||5%||9%|
|Median Salary* (2015)||$87,400 annually||$60,390 annually|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Individuals working in the field of construction engineering technologies use knowledge of construction methods, business operations and management skills to oversee a construction project. They work on residential or commercial buildings, bridges, roads or other similar projects. Common jobs assumed by graduates of these programs include construction manager and cost estimator. Keep reading for an overview of these two careers.
Construction managers plan, organize, direct and coordinate building projects. They select contractors to construct aspects of the project, but do not physically build the project. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), companies favor candidates who have a bachelor's degree. The BLS reports that in 2015, there were 239,640 construction managers in the nation, and that these managers earned a median annual salary of $87,400. Also according to the BLS, the field is projected to experience 5% growth during the 2014-2024 decade.
A cost estimator is responsible for creating the budget for a project to bid on it or aid in the project's management. The BLS also states that most candidates with a degree in a construction-related field may have an edge over those who don't. A 2015 BLS report states that, at that time, there were 216,270 cost estimators in the nation and that these estimators earned a median annual salary of $60,390. The BLS projects that the field will experience 9% growth in the 2014-2024 decade.
Associate's degree programs focus on subjects like contracts, construction methods, scheduling and estimating. Bachelor's degree programs in construction engineering technology include coursework on estimating, project management, structural analysis, dynamics, land use planning and construction labor. Master's degree programs are available in construction engineering or engineering systems with a concentration in construction management.
There are degrees in various aspects of construction engineering available at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's levels. The field is projected to have a steady increase in employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. On-the-job training is common for all potential construction managers and cost estimators and certification, while voluntary, can enhance your reputation, marketability and chances for advancement.