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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 33,179
Undergraduate Certificate 18,752
Associate’s Degree 5,445

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

Precision Production 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.
  • 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

When studying precision production, 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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  • 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

As you progress with your precision production 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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  • 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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with precision production:

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?

5,445 Associate's Degrees Annually
8% Percent Women
26% 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 precision production majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Precision Production Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 157
Black or African American 214
Hispanic or Latino 825
White 3,804
International Students 23
Other Races/Ethnicities 422

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Precision Production. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Precision Production Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Precision Production majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $36,580 to $47,130 (25th to 75th percentile). 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 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to precision production have obtained the following education levels.

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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 2018-2019 academic year, 1,009 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) 1,125 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,249 5
Certificate (2-4 Years) 90 0
Associate’s Degree 704 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1,125 3
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 132,634
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,442
Construction Trades 36,003
Transportation & Materials Moving 28,766

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