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6 Associates's Degrees Annually
#219 in Popularity (Associate's)
$41,020 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Appliance Installation/Repair Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many appliance installation and repair technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 65
Undergraduate Certificate 50
Associate Degree 3

What Appliance Installation/Repair Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, appliance installation and repair technology/technician 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 Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

appliance installation and repair technology/technician majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

A major in appliance installation and repair technology/technician will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • 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.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Appliance Installation/Repair?

3 Associate's Degrees Annually
67% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of appliance installation and repair technology/technician majors is as follows:

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

How Much Do Appliance Installation/Repair Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician majors often go into careers with median salaries of $41,020. 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.

Median Salary for an Appliance Installation/Repair Major  41,020
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with appliance installation and repair technology/technician 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 appliance installation and repair technology/technician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 7.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 69.0%
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) 20.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.1%

Online Appliance Installation/Repair Programs

In 2019-2020, 14 schools offered a appliance installation and repair technology/technician 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) 11 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 3 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 Appliance Installation/Repair Worth It?

The median salary for a appliance installation and repair technology/technician grad is $41,020 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 3% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $22,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to appliance installation and repair technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 2,523
General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 2,345
Computer Installation & Repair Technology/Technician 2,229
Other Electrical/Electronics Maintenance & Repair Technology 581
Communications Systems Installation & Repair Technology 158
Security System Installation, Repair, & Inspection Technology/Technician 102
Business Machine Repair 0

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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