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2,214 Associates's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#22 in Popularity (Associate's)
$59,190 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electrician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many electrician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 8,400
Basic Certificate 6,891
Associate’s Degree 2,226

What Electrician Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to electrician 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 Electrician Majors

Electrician 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Electrician Majors

electrician 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Electrician Majors

As a electrician major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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 Electrician Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with electrician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electricians 8.9% $55,190
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
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 Electrician?

2,226 Associate's Degrees Annually
5% Percent Women
27% 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 electrician majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Electrician Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 54
Black or African American 177
Hispanic or Latino 283
White 1,531
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 174

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Electrician, too. About 0.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Electrician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $48,540 to $67,800 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to electrician. 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 Electrician Major  ( 48540 to 67800 )
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Some degrees associated with electrician 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 electrician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 4.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 26.7%
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) 41.9%
Some College Courses 14.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.9%

Online Electrician Programs

In 2018-2019, 494 schools offered a electrician 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) 223 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 328 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 42 1
Associate’s Degree 194 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 223 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 Electrician Worth It?

The median salary for a electrician grad is $59,190 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $385,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to electrician.

Major Number of Grads
General Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer 2,045
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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