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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 469
Basic Certificate 183
Undergraduate Certificate 155
Bachelor’s Degree 126

What Automation Engineer Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to automation engineer tech 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 Automation Engineer Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in automation engineer tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

automation engineer tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

Automation Engineer Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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.
  • 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 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?

469 Associate's Degrees Annually
6% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 94% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 46
White 355
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 38

Geographic Diversity

Automation Engineer Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 0.4% 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. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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 the 2019-2020 academic year, 82 schools offered some type of automation engineer technology/technician 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 27 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 45 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 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 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 2,845
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 2,689
Other Electromechanical & Instrumentation & Maintenance Technologies/Technicians 2,032
Biomedical Technology 1,146
Robotics Technology 550
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering Technology 231

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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