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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 163
Undergraduate Certificate 40
Associate’s Degree 6

What Appliance Installation/Repair Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to appliance installation and repair technology/technician and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician majors often go into careers in which the following 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

A major in appliance installation and repair technology/technician prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

As you progress with your appliance installation and repair technology/technician 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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  • 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?

6 Associate's Degrees Annually
17% Percent Women
50% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 83% of recent graduates are men.

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 3
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 3
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 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.

Median Salary for an Appliance Installation/Repair Major  41,020
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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. 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 appliance installation and repair technology/technician careers below.

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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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 schools offered some type of appliance installation and repair 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) 7 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 12 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 7 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 2,794
General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 2,779
Computer Installation & Repair Technology/Technician 2,658
Other Electrical/Electronics Maintenance & Repair Technology 586
Communications Systems Installation & Repair Technology 236
Security System Installation, Repair, & Inspection Technology/Technician 63
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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