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590 Associates's Degrees Annually
#68 in Popularity (Associate's)
$69,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electrical & Power Installation Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,006
Associate’s Degree 590
Undergraduate Certificate 449

What Electrical & Power Installation Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, general electrical and power transmission installation/installer 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 General Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer Majors

General Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for General Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to general electrical and power transmission installation/installer:

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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for General Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer Majors

General Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

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

Below is a list of occupations associated with general electrical and power transmission installation/installer:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 13.9% $70,910
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7.1% $66,140

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

590 Associate's Degrees Annually
5% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 95% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of general electrical and power transmission installation/installer majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 28
Hispanic or Latino 89
White 422
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 40

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in General Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer. About 0.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Electrical & Power Installation Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

General Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $69,320 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.

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Some degrees associated with general electrical and power transmission installation/installer 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 general electrical and power transmission installation/installer have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 36.2%
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) 38.2%
Some College Courses 8.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.2%
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. 0.4%
Master’s Degree 0.5%

Online Electrical & Power Installation Programs

In 2018-2019, 83 schools offered a general electrical and power transmission installation/installer 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) 48 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 43 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 49 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 48 1
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 general electrical and power transmission installation/installer grad is $69,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 74% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $588,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to general electrical and power transmission installation/installer.

Major Number of Grads
Electrician 17,517
Lineworker 1,679
Other Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 119

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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