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Semiconductor Manufacturing

5 Associates's Degrees Annually
#222 in Popularity (Associate's)
$39,810 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Semiconductor Manufacturing Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many semiconductor manufacturing technology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 5

What Semiconductor Manufacturing Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to semiconductor manufacturing 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 Semiconductor Manufacturing Tech Majors

Semiconductor Manufacturing Tech majors often go into careers in which the following 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Semiconductor Manufacturing Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to semiconductor manufacturing tech:

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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.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Semiconductor Manufacturing Tech Majors

A major in semiconductor manufacturing tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Semiconductor Manufacturing Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with semiconductor manufacturing tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Electronics Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Semiconductor Manufacturing?

5 Associate's Degrees Annually
20% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 80% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Semiconductor Manufacturing Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 4
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Semiconductor Manufacturing Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Semiconductor Manufacturing Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $39,810 to $65,050 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes 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 semiconductor manufacturing 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 semiconductor manufacturing tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 34.4%
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) 19.9%
Some College Courses 9.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 23.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.4%
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. 0.2%
Master’s Degree 1.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.2%

Online Semiconductor Manufacturing Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 schools offered some type of semiconductor manufacturing technology 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) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 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 Semiconductor Manufacturing Worth It?

The median salary for a semiconductor manufacturing tech grad is $39,810 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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

Major Number of Grads
Manufacturing Engineering Technology 5,219
Industrial Technology/Technician 5,086
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

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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