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19 Associates's Degrees Annually
#196 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 61
Basic Certificate 34
Associate’s Degree 19

What Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician 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 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

Skills for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician Majors

A major in alternative fuel vehicle 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.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician Majors

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Automotive Specialty Technicians 6.1% $40,710

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology?

19 Associate's Degrees Annually
11% Percent Women
53% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 89% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 9
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

How Much Do Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician majors often go into careers with median salaries of $43,730. 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.

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Some careers associated with alternative fuel vehicle 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 alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 14.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 28.4%
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) 48.0%
Some College Courses 2.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.9%

Online Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 schools offered some type of alternative fuel vehicle 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) 15 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 9 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 15 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 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician grad is $43,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 10% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $76,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to alternative fuel vehicle technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 35,892
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 9,513
Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 6,035
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 5,142
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2,635
Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician 2,541
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 1,126
Marine Maintenance/Fitter & Ship Repair Technology/Technician 664
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 570
General Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 512
High Performance & Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 465
Other Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 331
Small Engine Mechanics & Repair Technology/Technician 298
Engine Machinist 153
Vehicle Emissions Inspection & Maintenance Technology/Technician 7

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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