Types of Degrees Masonry Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many mason/masonry graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Masonry Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, masonry 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 Masonry Majors
Masonry majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- 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.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- 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.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Skills for Masonry Majors
When studying masonry, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
- 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.
- Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Abilities for Masonry Majors
As you progress with your masonry degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
What Can You Do With a Masonry Major?
People with a masonry degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Brickmasons and Blockmasons||10.3%||$50,950|
|First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers||12.6%||$65,230|
|Tile and Marble Setters||9.8%||$41,840|
Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Masonry?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of masonry majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||9|
|Hispanic or Latino||8|
How Much Do Masonry Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $44,370 to $54,430 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to masonry. 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Masonry
Some degrees associated with masonry 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.
Find out what the typical degree level is for masonry careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||25.3%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||40.3%|
|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)||18.5%|
|Some College Courses||14.6%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||0.7%|
Online Masonry Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 schools offered some type of mason/masonry 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)||33||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||33||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||6||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Masonry Worth It?
The median salary for a masonry grad is $45,950 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 15% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $121,000 after 20 years!
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*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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