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Avionics Maintenance Technology

321 Associates's Degrees Annually
29 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#89 in Popularity (Associate's)
$55,530 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Avionics Maintenance Technology Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 321
Basic Certificate 128
Undergraduate Certificate 92
Bachelor’s Degree 29

What Avionics Maintenance Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, avionics maintenance 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 Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

A major in avionics maintenance technology/technician prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Abilities for Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a avionics maintenance technology/technician student include the following:

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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).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Avionics Maintenance Technology Major?

People with a avionics maintenance technology/technician degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Avionics Technicians 6.3% $64,140

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Avionics Maintenance Technology?

321 Associate's Degrees Annually
8% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 92% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of avionics maintenance technology/technician majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 86
White 178
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 27

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician, too. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Avionics Maintenance Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,530 to $65,330 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to avionics maintenance technology/technician. This range includes 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.

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Some careers associated with avionics maintenance 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 avionics maintenance technology/technician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 38.3%
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) 31.6%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 10.1%

Online Avionics Maintenance Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 46 schools offered a avionics maintenance 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) 24 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 15 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 18 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 24 1
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 Avionics Maintenance Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a avionics maintenance technology/technician grad is $55,530 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 39% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $312,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to avionics maintenance 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
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
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 114
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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