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Automation Engineer Technology

392 Associates's Degrees Annually
137 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#84 in Popularity (Associate's)
$60,240 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Automation Engineer Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many automation engineer technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 392
Undergraduate Certificate 258
Basic Certificate 172
Bachelor’s Degree 137

What Automation Engineer Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, automation engineer tech 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 Automation Engineer Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills for Automation Engineer Tech Majors

A major in automation engineer tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Automation Engineer Tech Majors

As you progress with your automation engineer tech degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

What Can You Do With a Automation Engineer Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with automation engineer tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electro-Mechanical Technicians 3.6% $57,790
Robotics Technicians 3.6% $57,790

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Automation Engineer Technology?

392 Associate's Degrees Annually
3% Percent Women
16% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 97% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of automation engineer tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Automation Engineer Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 17
Hispanic or Latino 26
White 318
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 21

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Automation Engineer Tech. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Automation Engineer Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Automation Engineer Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $60,240. This median refers to 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.

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Some degrees associated with automation engineer tech 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 automation engineer tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 10.9%
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) 26.4%
Some College Courses 7.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 43.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 10.4%
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. 2.2%

Online Automation Engineer Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 78 schools offered a automation engineer tech 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) 34 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 28 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 38 1
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 34 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 Automation Engineer Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a automation engineer tech grad is $60,240 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 51% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $406,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to automation engineer tech.

Major Number of Grads
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 2,862
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 2,576
Other Electromechanical & Instrumentation & Maintenance Technologies/Technicians 2,487
Biomedical Technology 1,314
Robotics Technology/Technician 471

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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