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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,458
Undergraduate Certificate 1,419
Associate Degree 833

What Machine Tool Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to machine tool tech and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Machine Tool Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

A major in machine tool 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.
  • 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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a machine tool tech student include the following:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with machine tool tech:

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

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

833 Associate's Degrees Annually
7% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 93% 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:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 70
Black or African American 27
Hispanic or Latino 99
White 593
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 44

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. 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 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 the 2019-2020 academic year, 285 schools offered some type of machine tool technology/machinist 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) 213 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 19 0
Associate’s Degree 147 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 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 40,882
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2,373
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 2,086
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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