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151 Associates's Degrees Annually
#116 in Popularity (Associate's)
$41,960 Median Salary

Types of Degrees CNC Machinist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist technology/CNC machinist graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 972
Basic Certificate 854
Associate Degree 260

What CNC Machinist Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech 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 Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

Skills for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tech Majors

A major in computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech 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.
  • 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.
  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tech Majors

As you progress with your computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

What Can You Do With a CNC Machinist Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
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

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in CNC Machinist?

260 Associate's Degrees Annually
6% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 94% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 204
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do CNC Machinist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $41,960 to $56,300 (25th to 75th percentile). 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 computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech 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 computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 32.9%
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) 28.3%
Some College Courses 11.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 15.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 11.0%

Online CNC Machinist Programs

In 2019-2020, 164 schools offered a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 92 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 13 0
Associate’s Degree 54 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 CNC Machinist Worth It?

The median salary for a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech grad is $41,960 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 5% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $41,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist tech.

Major Number of Grads
Welding Technology/Welder 40,882
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 3,710
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2,373
Metal Fabricator 645
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 639
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 314
Other Precision Metal Working 232
Ironworking/Ironworker 215

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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