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Agricultural Mechanization

391 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1 Master's Degrees Annually
#219 in Popularity
$53,370 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Agricultural Mechanization Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 566
Bachelor’s Degree 391
Undergraduate Certificate 318
Basic Certificate 261
Master’s Degree 1

What Agricultural Mechanization Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to ag mech 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 Ag Mech Majors

Ag Mech 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Ag Mech Majors

A major in ag mech 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.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • 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.

Abilities for Ag Mech Majors

As a ag mech major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Agricultural Mechanization Major?

People with a ag mech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Agricultural Equipment Operators 5.5% $31,190
Agricultural Sciences Professors 7.9% $84,640
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 4.9% $62,920
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians 7.5% $40,630
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 8.2% $51,920

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Mechanization?

391 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
11% Percent Women
11% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 391 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ag mechanization in 2019, making it rank #219 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 89% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ag Mech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 32
White 339
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 14

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Ag Mech, too. About 0.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Nigeria
  • Indonesia
  • Haiti
  • Mexico

How Much Do Agricultural Mechanization Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in ag mechanization made a median starting salary of $52,500 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $50,650 (25th percentile) and $54,225 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in ag mech, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Ag Mech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $42,190 to $65,230 (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 careers associated with ag mech 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 ag mech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 10.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 23.1%
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) 37.7%
Some College Courses 5.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.7%
Master’s Degree 2.0%
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. 0.1%
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. 0.5%
Doctoral Degree 7.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 3.8%

Online Agricultural Mechanization Programs

In 2018-2019, 84 schools offered a ag mech 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) 18 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 29 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 50 1
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 18 0
Master’s Degree 1 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 Agricultural Mechanization Worth It?

The median salary for a ag mech grad is $53,370 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 34% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $269,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to ag mech.

Major Number of Grads
Agricultural Economics & Business 8,910
Animal Science 7,814
Horticulture 4,451
General Agriculture 3,551
Agricultural Production 3,536
Plant Sciences 3,278
Food Science Technology 2,222
Animal Services 1,070
Agricultural Public Services 774
Other Agriculture 551
Soil Sciences 434
Food Processing 244
International Agriculture 141

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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