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2023 Best Construction Trades Schools

62 Colleges in the United States
35,794 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
$38,184 Avg Early-Career Salary
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a degree in construction trades. It is ranked #34 out of 38 major degree programs in terms of popularity. As such, your educational options may be more limited than if you were in a more popular field.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 62 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for construction trades students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 35,794 degrees in construction trades to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Construction Trades School

Best Construction Trades Schools Your choice of construction trades school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for construction trades schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Construction Trades Degree Level

Associate Degrees in Construction Trades
Bachelor's Degrees in Construction Trades

The construction trades school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Construction Trades Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Construction Trades in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the construction trades degrees they offer, see the list below.

10 Top Schools in Construction Trades

1
Ivy Tech Community College crest
Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis, IN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1,872 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
14.7% Growth in Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in construction trades has to check out Ivy Tech Community College. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #340 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Ivy Tech Community College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 1872 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Ivy Tech Community College in the most recent data year. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Ivy Tech Community College receive $30,854 more than the typical construction trades graduate.

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2
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
314 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
8.9% Growth in Graduates

Texas State Technical College is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in construction trades. Located in the city of Waco, TSTC is a public college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #335 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means TSTC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 314 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at TSTC in the most recent data year. Construction Trades degree recipients from Texas State Technical College get an earnings boost of approximately $26,659 over the average earnings of construction trades majors.

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3
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
292 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
$74,208 Median Starting Salary

It is hard to beat Honolulu Community College if you want to pursue a degree in construction trades. Honolulu CC is a small public college located in the city of Honolulu. A Best Colleges rank of #253 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Honolulu CC is a great college overall.

There were about 292 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Honolulu CC in the most recent data year. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Honolulu Community College receive $36,024 more than the typical construction trades graduate.

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4
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
16.4% Growth in Graduates

Utah Valley University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a degree in construction trades. Located in the small city of Orem, UVU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #459 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UVU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 73 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at UVU in the most recent year we have data available. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Utah Valley University receive $26,332 more than the typical construction trades student.

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5
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Ranken Technical College
Saint Louis, MO
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
$26,984 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city of Saint Louis, Ranken Technical College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of #66 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Ranken Technical College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 68 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Ranken Technical College in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the construction trades program report average early career income of $26,984.

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6
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
64 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
$78,363 Median Starting Salary

LCC is a large public college located in the city of Lansing. This college ranks 25th out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were about 64 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at LCC in the most recent year we have data available. Construction Trades degree recipients from Lansing Community College get an earnings boost of about $40,179 over the typical income of construction trades graduates.

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7
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
152 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
0.7% Growth in Graduates

Located in the rural area of Mitchell, Mitchell Tech is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 7th out of 13 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Dakota.

There were roughly 152 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Mitchell Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Mitchell Technical College receive $3,807 more than the typical construction trades student.

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8
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
10.8% Growth in Graduates

Located in the town of Granite Falls, Minnesota West is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 48th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were roughly 83 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Minnesota West in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the construction trades major at Minnesota West Community and Technical College earn $3,569 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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9
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
93 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
35.5% Growth in Graduates

MCC is a fairly large public college located in the city of Omaha. A Best Colleges rank of #603 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means MCC is a great college overall.

There were about 93 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at MCC in the most recent year we have data available. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Metropolitan Community College receive $13,104 more than the average construction trades grad.

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10
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
$69,326 Median Starting Salary

Richmond Community College is a small public college located in the distant town of Hamlet. This college ranks 69th out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 43 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Richmond Community College in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the construction trades major at Richmond Community College make $31,142 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Construction Trades students that almost earned our Best Construction Trades Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
12 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
13 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
14 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
15 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ

Construction Trades by Region

View the Best Construction Trades Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Construction Trades Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 23,527
Building Management & Inspection 4,511
Carpentry 3,273
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,617
Construction 1,435
Masonry 274
Other Construction 157

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Notes and References

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