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Communications Technology Major

508 yearly degrees
#269 in popularity
$52,000 median salary

Communications technology is a major that typically falls into the Communications Technology/Support category.

There are 12 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in communications tech, 12 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 4 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Communications Tech Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications technology in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 80.4% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of communications tech majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 2.7%
  • Black or African American: 21.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 23%
  • White: 40.9%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 4.4%
  • Other Races: 7.4%
Communications Technology Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in communications tech. About 4.4% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending communications tech majors to the U.S. are India, Saudi Arabia and China.

What Will You Learn as a Communications Technology Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to communications tech to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Communications Tech Majors

A major in communications tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Communications Technology Majors

Skills for Communications Tech Majors

Communications tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Communications Technology Majors

Abilities for Communications Tech Majors

As a communications tech major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

Important Abilities for communications tech Majors

What Can You Do With a Communications Tech Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with communications tech:

Careers Related to Communications Technology
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Media and Communication Workers

10%

$48,330

Film and Video Editors

17%

$62,650

Sound Engineering Technicians

6.5%

$52,390

Broadcast Technicians

-3.2%

$40,080

Communications Technology Major Salary

Communications tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $47,000 to $64,000. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Communications Tech Major  ( 47000 to 64000 )
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$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Communications Technology Major Jobs

Some careers associated with communications tech 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 tech careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Communications Technology
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

3.6%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

21.3%

Post-Secondary Certificate

16.1%

Some College Courses

19.4%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

21.3%

Bachelor's Degree

20%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0%

Master's Degree

0%

Post-Master's Certificate

0%

First Professional Degree

1.2%

Doctoral Degree

0%

Post-Doctoral Training

0%

Online Communications Technology Programs

There are 12 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in communications technology, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Communications Technology Major Worth It?

The median salary for a communications tech grad is $52,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 35% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $270,600 after 20 years!

communications technology salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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