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58 Associates's Degrees Annually
#158 in Popularity (Associate's)
$42,330 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Marine Maintenance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 515
Associate Degree 38
Basic Certificate 37

What Marine Maintenance Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to marine maintenance/fitter and ship 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 Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician Majors

Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

Skills for Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician:

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  • 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.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities for Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician Majors

A major in marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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.
  • 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.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Marine Maintenance?

38 Associate's Degrees Annually
5% Percent Women
13% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 95% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 24
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician, too. About 2.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Marine Maintenance Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician majors often go into careers with median salaries of $42,330. 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 marine maintenance/fitter and ship 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 marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 6.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 23.6%
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) 53.7%
Some College Courses 11.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.5%

Online Marine Maintenance Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 48 schools offered some type of marine maintenance/fitter and ship 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 36 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 12 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 Marine Maintenance Worth It?

The median salary for a marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician grad is $42,330 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 6% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $48,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to marine maintenance/fitter and ship repair technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 32,871
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 8,645
Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 6,107
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 4,504
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2,598
Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician 2,407
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 1,244
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 687
General Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 526
High Performance & Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 391
Small Engine Mechanics & Repair Technology/Technician 234
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 213
Engine Machinist 96
Other Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 73
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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