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0 Associates's Degrees Annually
#246 in Popularity (Associate's)
$49,170 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Drywall Installation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many drywall installation/drywaller graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 44
Undergraduate Certificate 18

What Drywall Installation Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to drywall installation/drywaller were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Drywall Installation/Drywaller Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in drywall installation/drywaller should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Drywall Installation/Drywaller Majors

A major in drywall installation/drywaller prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • 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.

Abilities for Drywall Installation/Drywaller Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a drywall installation/drywaller student include the following:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

What Can You Do With a Drywall Installation Major?

People with a drywall installation/drywaller degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers 1.0% $43,730
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230

How Much Do Drywall Installation Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Drywall Installation/Drywaller majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $49,170 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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.

Median Salary for a Drywall Installation Major  ( 49170 to 70540 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some degrees associated with drywall installation/drywaller may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to drywall installation/drywaller have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 19.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 34.4%
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) 20.8%
Some College Courses 24.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.7%

Online Drywall Installation Programs

In 2018-2019, 6 schools offered a drywall installation/drywaller 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) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Drywall Installation Worth It?

The median salary for a drywall installation/drywaller grad is $49,170 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 23% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $185,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to drywall installation/drywaller.

Major Number of Grads
Building/Property Maintenance 1,699
Building Construction Technology 1,362
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 752
Other Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection 609
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 301
Glazier 67
Painting/Painter & Wall Coverer 52
Roofer 30
Carpet, Floor, & Tile Worker 10
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher 6
Metal Building Assembly/Assembler 0
Insulator 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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