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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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 4,649
Associate’s Degree 4,393
Basic Certificate 3,286
Undergraduate Certificate 2,755
Master’s Degree 533
Graduate Certificate 53

What Communications Technology/Support Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, communications technologies and support 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 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

When studying communications technologies and support, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

As you progress with your communications technologies and support 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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  • 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?

4,649 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
43% Percent Women
39% 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 270
Black or African American 585
Hispanic or Latino 759
White 2,295
International Students 254
Other Races/Ethnicities 486

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Communications Technologies & Support. About 5.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Communications Technology/Support Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of communications technologies and support students with a bachelor’s degree is $25,500 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $21,400 (25th percentile) and $31,200 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a communications technologies and support degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $38,470 to $61,750 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to communications technologies and support. 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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Some careers associated with communications technologies and support 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for communications technologies and support careers below.

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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 2017-2018 academic year, 693 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) 387 16
Certificate (1-2 years) 385 14
Certificate (2-4 Years) 19 1
Associate’s Degree 514 20
Bachelor’s Degree 11 1
Post-Baccalaureate 387 16
Master’s Degree 34 5
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 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 209,723
Engineering 197,582
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 157,997
Engineering Technologies 92,253
Physical Sciences 53,768
Mathematics & Statistics 47,138
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 37,231
Natural Resources & Conservation 28,567
Architecture & Related Services 17,359
Science Technologies / Technicians 6,550

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