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887 Associates's Degrees Annually
#46 in Popularity (Associate's)
$40,770 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Machine Tool Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many machine tool technology/machinist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,997
Undergraduate Certificate 1,360
Associate’s Degree 887

What Machine Tool Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, machine tool tech 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 Machine Tool Tech Majors

Machine Tool Tech 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Machine Tool Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to machine tool tech:

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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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Machine Tool Tech Majors

As a machine tool tech major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.
  • 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 Machine Tool Technology Major?

People with a machine tool tech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Machinists 2.0% $43,630

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Machine Tool Technology?

887 Associate's Degrees Annually
6% Percent Women
28% 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 machine tool tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Machine Tool Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 96
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 93
White 599
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 75

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Machine Tool Tech, too. About 0.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Machine Tool Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $37,510 to $41,490 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to machine tool tech. 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 machine tool tech 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 machine tool tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 8.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 62.1%
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) 19.0%
Some College Courses 6.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.3%
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. 1.1%
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 0.0%

Online Machine Tool Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 291 schools offered a machine tool 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) 155 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 210 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 21 0
Associate’s Degree 146 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 155 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 Machine Tool Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a machine tool tech grad is $40,770 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 $17,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to machine tool tech.

Major Number of Grads
Welding Technology/Welder 45,129
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2,998
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 1,938
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 658
Metal Fabricator 585
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 358
Other Precision Metal Working 272
Ironworking/Ironworker 171

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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