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|
What Precision Production Majors Need to Know
People with careers related to precision production 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 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:
- 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
precision production majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
- 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
Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a precision production student include the following:
- 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|
|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|
|Sheet Metal Workers||8.6%||$48,460|
|Solderers and Brazers||5.6%||$41,380|
|Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters||5.6%||$41,380|
|Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing||0.5%||$29,730|
Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Precision Production?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of precision production majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||214|
|Hispanic or Latino||825|
Students from other countries are interested in Precision Production, too. 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Precision Production
Some careers associated with precision production 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 precision production careers below.
|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%|
|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%|
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|
|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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|Major||Number of Grads|
|Personal & Culinary Services||132,602|
|Mechanic & Repair Technologies||107,435|
|Transportation & Materials Moving||27,979|
*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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