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72 Associates's Degrees Annually
#144 in Popularity (Associate's)
$41,640 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Metal Fabricator Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many metal fabricator graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 320
Basic Certificate 193
Associate’s Degree 72

What Metal Fabricator Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, metal fabricator 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 Metal Fabricator 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.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • 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 Metal Fabricator Majors

A major in metal fabricator prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Metal Fabricator Majors

As you progress with your metal fabricator 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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  • 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.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Metal Fabricator?

72 Associate's Degrees Annually
1% Percent Women
8% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 99% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of metal fabricator majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 65
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Metal Fabricator. About 1.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Metal Fabricator Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to metal fabricator is $41,640. This median refers to 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 degrees associated with metal fabricator may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 4.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 48.8%
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) 30.0%
Some College Courses 17.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 3.3%
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. 0.2%

Online Metal Fabricator Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 schools offered some type of metal fabricator 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) 10 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 17 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 10 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 Metal Fabricator Worth It?

The median salary for a metal fabricator grad is $41,640 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 4% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $34,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to metal fabricator.

Major Number of Grads
Welding Technology/Welder 45,129
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 4,244
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2,998
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 1,938
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 658
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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