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Industrial Production Technology

2,862 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
508 Master's Degrees Annually
#112 in Popularity
$58,860 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Industrial Production Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many industrial production technology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 4,407
Associate’s Degree 4,217
Bachelor’s Degree 2,862
Undergraduate Certificate 2,352
Master’s Degree 508
Graduate Certificate 57
Doctor’s Degree 15

What Industrial Production Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, industrial production tech 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 Industrial Production Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Industrial Production Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to industrial production tech:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Industrial Production Tech Majors

As you progress with your industrial production tech 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).
  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Industrial Production Technology Major?

People with a industrial production tech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Electronics Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Industrial Engineering Technicians 0.6% $55,460
Industrial Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians 5.2% $63,200
Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Solderers and Brazers 5.6% $41,380
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 5.6% $41,380

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Production Technology?

2,862 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
12% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 2,862 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial production technology in 2018, making it rank #112 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 88% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of industrial production tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Industrial Production Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 99
Black or African American 283
Hispanic or Latino 253
White 1,905
International Students 177
Other Races/Ethnicities 145

Geographic Diversity

Industrial Production Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 6.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • China
  • Spain
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Industrial Production Technology Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of industrial production technology students with a bachelor’s degree is $50,900 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $44,650 (25th percentile) and $58,450 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to industrial production tech.

Salaries According to BLS

Industrial Production Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $44,360 to $65,050 (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 industrial production 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 industrial production tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 6.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 23.6%
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) 13.7%
Some College Courses 9.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 18.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.1%
Master’s Degree 2.8%
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. 0.8%
Doctoral Degree 2.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.7%

Online Industrial Production Technology Programs

In 2017-2018, 564 schools offered a industrial production tech 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) 336 21
Certificate (1-2 years) 220 9
Certificate (2-4 Years) 10 1
Associate’s Degree 428 12
Bachelor’s Degree 5 2
Post-Baccalaureate 336 21
Master’s Degree 30 4
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Industrial Production Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a industrial production tech grad is $58,860 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $379,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to industrial production tech.

Major Number of Grads
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,842
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,032
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,880
Environmental Control Technology 9,388
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,628
Engineering-Related Fields 6,673
Quality Control Technology 4,467
Computer Engineering Technology 4,406
General Engineering Technology 4,049
Construction Engineering Technology 3,497
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,906
Civil Engineering Technology 1,526
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,236
Mining & Petroleum Technology 976
Engineering-Related Technologies 859
Nuclear Engineering Technology 318
Nanotechnology 152

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