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General Woodworking

11 Associates's Degrees Annually
#209 in Popularity (Associate's)
$31,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Woodworking Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 100
Undergraduate Certificate 19
Associate’s Degree 11

What General Woodworking Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to woodworking 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 Woodworking 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • 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 Woodworking Majors

A major in woodworking 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Abilities for Woodworking Majors

A major in woodworking will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a General Woodworking Major?

People with a woodworking degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
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 General Woodworking?

11 Associate's Degrees Annually
27% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 73% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Woodworking Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 9
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do General Woodworking Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Woodworking majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $31,110 to $34,530 (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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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with woodworking 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 woodworking have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 19.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 69.7%
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) 4.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.6%

Online General Woodworking Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 schools offered some type of general woodworking 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) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 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 General Woodworking Worth It?

The median salary for a woodworking grad is $31,110 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 woodworking.

Major Number of Grads
Cabinetmaking & Millwork 448
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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