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$40,790 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Precision Production Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many precision production graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 29,416
Undergraduate Certificate 18,580
Associate Degree 4,881
Bachelor’s Degree 28

What Precision Production Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, precision production 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 Precision Production Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in precision production 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Precision Production Majors

A major in precision production prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Precision Production Majors

A major in precision production will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Precision Production Major?

People with a precision production degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Boilermakers 8.7% $62,150
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 2.3% $34,740
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 16.3% $53,190
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 1.1% $40,070
Machinists 2.0% $43,630
Sheet Metal Workers 8.6% $48,460
Solderers and Brazers 5.6% $41,380
Upholsterers 0.5% $34,480
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 5.6% $41,380
Woodworkers 3.3% $31,170
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 0.5% $29,730

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Precision Production?

4,881 Associate's Degrees Annually
9% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 91% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of precision production majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 114
Black or African American 169
Hispanic or Latino 691
White 3,517
International Students 21
Other Races/Ethnicities 369

Geographic Diversity

Precision Production appeals to people across the globe. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Precision Production Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $36,580 to $47,130 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to precision production. 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 degrees associated with precision production 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for precision production careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 13.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 52.0%
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) 22.1%
Some College Courses 7.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 0.1%

Online Precision Production Programs

In the 2020-2021 academic year, 1,023 schools offered some type of precision production 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) 1,285 7
Certificate (2-4 Years) 93 0
Associate’s Degree 738 7
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 2 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 Precision Production Worth It?

The median salary for a precision production grad is $40,790 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 2% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $17,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to precision production.

Major Number of Grads
Personal & Culinary Services 130,306
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 96,307
Construction Trades 35,794
Transportation & Materials Moving 28,383

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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