Types of Degrees Electrician Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many electrician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Electrician Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, electrician 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 Electrician Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in electrician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- 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
The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to electrician:
- 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:
- 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|
|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?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of electrician majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||205|
|Hispanic or Latino||284|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Electrician. About 0.4% 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 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Electrician
Some careers associated with electrician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.
Find out what the typical degree level is for electrician careers below.
|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%|
Online Electrician Programs
In 2019-2020, 506 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)||0||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||338||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||40||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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Trades Related to Electrician
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to electrician.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|General Electrical & Power Transmission Installation/Installer||1,737|
|Other Electrical & Power Transmission Installers||101|
*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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