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Electronics Maintenance & Repair

1,809 Associate's Degrees Annually
15 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#18 in Popularity (Associate's)
$44,710 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electronics Maintenance & Repair Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many electronics maintenance and repair graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 4,102
Undergraduate Certificate 2,227
Associate Degree 1,695
Bachelor’s Degree 32

What Electronics Maintenance & Repair Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to electronics repair 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 Electronics Repair Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in electronics repair 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.

Skills for Electronics Repair Majors

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

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • 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.

Abilities for Electronics Repair Majors

A major in electronics repair 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

What Can You Do With a Electronics Maintenance & Repair Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with electronics repair:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 6.9% $42,840
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 2.3% $58,110
Geothermal Technicians 8.2% $39,320
Radio Mechanics 5.5% $54,890
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers 5.5% $54,890
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 14.2% $47,190
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers 1.5% $58,280

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Maintenance & Repair?

1,695 Associate's Degrees Annually
7% Percent Women
39% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen trade school majors. It is the 18th most popular in the country with 1,809 students graduating with an associate’s in electronics repair in 2019. This major tends to be male dominated. About 93% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of electronics repair majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 77
Black or African American 136
Hispanic or Latino 400
White 935
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 119

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Electronics Repair. About 1.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Zambia
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bahamas

How Much Do Electronics Maintenance & Repair Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Electronics Repair majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $40,880 to $56,340 (25th to 75th percentile). 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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Some degrees associated with electronics repair 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 electronics repair careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 41.1%
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) 30.9%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.7%
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 0.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Electronics Maintenance & Repair Programs

In 2019-2020, 384 schools offered a electronics repair program of some type. 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) 246 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 32 0
Associate’s Degree 231 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 Electronics Maintenance & Repair Worth It?

The median salary for a electronics repair grad is $44,710 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 12% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $96,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to electronics repair.

Major Number of Grads
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 61,193
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,871
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,872
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,310
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,111
Mechanics & Repairers 420
Energy Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies. 61

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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