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63 Associates's Degrees Annually
#153 in Popularity (Associate's)
$34,530 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Cabinetmaking & Millwork Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many cabinetmaking and millwork graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 274
Undergraduate Certificate 111
Associate’s Degree 63

What Cabinetmaking & Millwork Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, cabinetmaking and millwork 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 Cabinetmaking and Millwork Majors

Cabinetmaking and Millwork majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Cabinetmaking and Millwork Majors

A major in cabinetmaking and millwork 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 Cabinetmaking and Millwork Majors

As a cabinetmaking and millwork major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

What Can You Do With a Cabinetmaking & Millwork Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with cabinetmaking and millwork:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 2.3% $34,740
Woodworkers 3.3% $31,170
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 0.5% $29,730

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Cabinetmaking & Millwork?

63 Associate's Degrees Annually
10% Percent Women
19% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 90% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of cabinetmaking and millwork majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cabinetmaking and Millwork Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 48
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

How Much Do Cabinetmaking & Millwork Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Cabinetmaking and Millwork majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $31,200 to $52,590 (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.

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Some degrees associated with cabinetmaking and millwork 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 cabinetmaking and millwork have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 16.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 54.0%
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) 23.2%
Some College Courses 4.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.5%

Online Cabinetmaking & Millwork Programs

In 2018-2019, 62 schools offered a cabinetmaking and millwork 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) 38 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 38 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 20 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 38 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 Cabinetmaking & Millwork Worth It?

The median salary for a cabinetmaking and millwork grad is $34,530 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to cabinetmaking and millwork.

Major Number of Grads
General Woodworking 130
Furniture Design & Manufacturing 99
Other Woodworking 44

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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