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General construction trades

What is a general construction trades major?

This program familiarizes students in applying technical knowledge and skills to lay out, cut, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures as well as inspect, construct, and maintain structures and related properties. Instructional topics include masonry, carpentry, electrical and power transmission installation, building/construction finishing, management, inspection, and other construction-related applications.

How much do general construction trades majors make?

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The national average salary for general construction trades graduates in the United States is $90,000 per year. Those in the top 10 percent make over $190,000 a year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $36,500 a year. While salary ranges can vary by role, industry, and location, general construction trades graduates typically make between $58,800 and $130,000 per year.

How popular is general construction trades as a major?

Each year, around 25 students obtain a bachelor’s degree and around 1,170 students obtain an associate degree in general construction trades. In 2021, 21 students received a bachelor's degree and 1,128 students received an associate degree. This is 14% fewer general construction trades majors than there were in 2020. General construction trades is a relatively popular major compared to other building and construction majors.