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49 Associates's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#163 in Popularity (Associate's)
$65,720 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many hydraulics and fluid power technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 39
Undergraduate Certificate 18
Basic Certificate 1

What Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to hydraulics and fluid power technology/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 Hydraulics and Fluid Power Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Hydraulics and Fluid Power Tech Majors

When studying hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech, 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:

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Hydraulics and Fluid Power Tech Majors

As you progress with your hydraulics and fluid power technology/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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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology Major?

People with a hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Manufacturing Production Technicians 5.2% $63,200
Mechanical Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology?

39 Associate's Degrees Annually
5% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 95% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 31
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $65,720. This median refers to 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.

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Some careers associated with hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 13.3%
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) 20.5%
Some College Courses 4.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 29.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 31.2%
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. 1.1%
Master’s Degree 0.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 12 schools offered some type of hydraulics and fluid power 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) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
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 Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech grad is $65,720 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 65% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $516,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to hydraulics and fluid power technology/tech.

Major Number of Grads
Surveying Technology/Surveying 792
Other Engineering-Related Technologies 34

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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