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655 Associates's Degrees Annually
#64 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,050 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electronics Equipment Installation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,349
Undergraduate Certificate 775
Associate’s Degree 655

What Electronics Equipment Installation Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair 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 General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair Majors

General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Skills for General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair Majors

When studying general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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

Abilities for General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair Majors

As you progress with your general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Electronics Equipment Installation Major?

People with a general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 6.9% $42,840
Geothermal Technicians 8.2% $39,320

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Equipment Installation?

655 Associate's Degrees Annually
8% Percent Women
48% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 92% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 34
Black or African American 54
Hispanic or Latino 196
White 304
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 66

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair. About 0.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Electronics Equipment Installation Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $43,050 to $45,770 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair. 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 general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 45.9%
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) 34.6%
Some College Courses 7.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.7%

Online Electronics Equipment Installation Programs

In 2018-2019, 149 schools offered a general electrical/electronics equipment installation and 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) 75 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 85 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 15 0
Associate’s Degree 88 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 75 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 Equipment Installation Worth It?

The median salary for a general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair grad is $43,050 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 8% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $63,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to general electrical/electronics equipment installation and repair.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 2,794
Computer Installation & Repair Technology/Technician 2,658
Other Electrical/Electronics Maintenance & Repair Technology 586
Communications Systems Installation & Repair Technology 236
Appliance Installation & Repair Technology/Technician 209
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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