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1,260 Associates's Degrees Annually
1,819 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#37 in Popularity (Associate's)
$58,860 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Industrial Technology Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,819
Associate’s Degree 1,260
Basic Certificate 1,191
Undergraduate Certificate 816

What Industrial Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, industrial 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 Industrial Tech Majors

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

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.

Skills for Industrial Tech Majors

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

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Industrial Tech Majors

As you progress with your industrial 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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  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Industrial Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with industrial tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Industrial Engineering Technicians 0.6% $55,460

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology?

1,260 Associate's Degrees Annually
13% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 87% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Industrial Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 120
Hispanic or Latino 149
White 862
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 92

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Industrial Tech. About 0.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Industrial Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to industrial tech is $58,860. 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 industrial 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 industrial tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 9.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 12.0%
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) 1.2%
Some College Courses 36.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 25.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 14.7%

Online Industrial Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 229 schools offered some type of industrial 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) 70 7
Certificate (1-2 years) 48 5
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 128 7
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 70 7
Master’s Degree 15 3
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Industrial Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a industrial tech grad is $58,860 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $379,200 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Manufacturing Engineering Technology 5,219
Other Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 2,795
Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician 439
Welding Engineering Technology/Technician 275
Metallurgical Technology/Technician 60
Chemical Engineering Technology/Technician 21
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology 5

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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