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3,113 Associate's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#14 in Popularity (Associate's)
$67,800 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electrical & Power Installation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many electrical and power transmission installers graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 9,783
Basic Certificate 8,452
Associate’s Degree 3,125

What Electrical & Power Installation Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, electrical transmission installation majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Electrical Transmission Installation Majors

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

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.

Skills for Electrical Transmission Installation Majors

electrical transmission installation majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Electrical Transmission Installation Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a electrical transmission installation 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Electrical & Power Installation Major?

People with a electrical transmission installation degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 13.9% $70,910
Electricians 8.9% $55,190
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7.1% $66,140
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 14.2% $47,190
Signal and Track Switch Repairers 2.0% $70,490

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Electrical & Power Installation?

3,125 Associate's Degrees Annually
4% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen trade school majors. It is the 14th most popular in the country with 3,113 students graduating with an associate’s in electrical transmission installation in 2019. This major tends to be male dominated. About 96% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of electrical transmission installation majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 64
Black or African American 208
Hispanic or Latino 385
White 2,188
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 271

Geographic Diversity

Electrical Transmission Installation appeals to people across the globe. About 0.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Electrical & Power Installation Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Electrical Transmission Installation majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $59,190 to $70,240 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes 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.

Median Salary for an Electrical & Power Installation Major  ( 59190 to 70240 )
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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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Some degrees associated with electrical transmission installation 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 30.3%
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) 40.5%
Some College Courses 12.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 4.5%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.1%
Master’s Degree 0.2%

Online Electrical & Power Installation Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 581 schools offered some type of electrical and power transmission installers program. 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) 300 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 426 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 50 1
Associate’s Degree 282 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 300 2
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 Electrical & Power Installation Worth It?

The median salary for a electrical transmission installation grad is $67,800 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 70% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $558,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to electrical transmission installation.

Major Number of Grads
Building Management & Inspection 4,950
Carpentry 4,066
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,606
Construction 2,292
Masonry 462
Other Construction 267

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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