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372 Associates's Degrees Annually
130 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#85 in Popularity (Associate's)
$65,720 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Energy Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many energy management and systems technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 372
Basic Certificate 329
Bachelor’s Degree 130
Undergraduate Certificate 81

What Energy Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to energy management and systems 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 Energy Management and Systems Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in energy management and systems 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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 Energy Management and Systems Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to energy management and systems tech:

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  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Energy Management and Systems Tech Majors

Energy Management and Systems Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Energy Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with energy management and systems tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electromechanical Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Electronics Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Fuel Cell Technicians 5.2% $63,200
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Mechanical Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Energy Management?

372 Associate's Degrees Annually
8% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 92% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of energy management and systems tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 18
Hispanic or Latino 42
White 270
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 31

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Energy Management and Systems Tech. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Energy Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $65,720 to $71,430 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to energy management and systems tech. 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.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with energy management and systems tech 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to energy management and systems tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.5%
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) 13.0%
Some College Courses 5.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 34.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.2%
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. 0.4%
Master’s Degree 1.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.9%

Online Energy Management Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 199 schools offered some type of energy management and systems 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) 96 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 63 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 116 8
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 96 4
Master’s Degree 7 4
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Energy Management Worth It?

The median salary for a energy management and systems 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 energy management and systems tech.

Major Number of Grads
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 6,462
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Management & Recycling Technology/Technician 1,594
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 392
Hazardous Materials Management & Waste Technology/Technician 180
Solar Energy Technology/Technician 178
Other Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians 105

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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