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$46,770 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Communications Technology/Support Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many communications technologies and support graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 4,706
Associate’s Degree 4,339
Basic Certificate 3,419
Undergraduate Certificate 2,904
Master’s Degree 551
Graduate Certificate 53

What Communications Technology/Support Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to communications technologies and support 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 Communications Technologies & Support Majors

Communications Technologies and Support majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills for Communications Technologies & Support Majors

A major in communications technologies and support prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Communications Technologies & Support Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a communications technologies and support student include the following:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

What Can You Do With a Communications Technology/Support Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with communications technologies and support:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.8% $43,770
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 7.2% $54,570
Film and Video Editors 17.0% $62,650
Media and Communication Workers 10.0% $48,330
Multimedia Artists and Animators 8.4% $72,520
Sound Engineering Technicians 6.5% $52,390

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Technology/Support?

4,706 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
43% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 57% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of communications technologies and support majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Communications Technologies & Support Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 279
Black or African American 633
Hispanic or Latino 797
White 2,295
International Students 268
Other Races/Ethnicities 434

Geographic Diversity

Communications Technologies & Support appeals to people across the globe. About 5.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Communications Technology/Support 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 communications technologies and support made a median starting salary of $25,500 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $21,400 (25th percentile) and $31,200 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Communications Technologies and Support majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $38,470 to $61,750 (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 communications technologies and support 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 4.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 30.3%
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) 11.8%
Some College Courses 16.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.7%
Master’s Degree 0.0%
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. 1.1%

Online Communications Technology/Support Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 667 schools offered some type of communications technologies and support 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) 407 18
Certificate (1-2 years) 384 7
Certificate (2-4 Years) 21 1
Associate’s Degree 506 17
Bachelor’s Degree 9 1
Post-Baccalaureate 407 18
Master’s Degree 34 5
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Communications Technology/Support Worth It?

The median salary for a communications technologies and support grad is $46,770 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 17% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $137,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to communications technologies and support.

Major Number of Grads
Computer & Information Sciences 220,337
Engineering 200,684
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 162,961
Engineering Technologies 92,549
Physical Sciences 53,556
Mathematics & Statistics 49,748
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 38,513
Natural Resources & Conservation 29,904
Architecture & Related Services 17,753
Science Technologies / Technicians 7,448

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