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Electronics Maintenance & Repair

3 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#326 in Popularity
$44,710 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electronics Maintenance & Repair Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many electronics maintenance and repair graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 5,037
Undergraduate Certificate 2,832
Associate’s Degree 1,827
Bachelor’s Degree 3

What Electronics Maintenance & Repair Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to electronics repair were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Electronics Repair Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in electronics repair should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Electronics Repair Majors

A major in electronics repair 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.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • 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.
  • 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 Electronics Repair Majors

A major in electronics repair will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

What Can You Do With a Electronics Maintenance & Repair Major?

People with a electronics repair degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 6.9% $42,840
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 2.3% $58,110
Geothermal Technicians 8.2% $39,320
Radio Mechanics 5.5% $54,890
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers 5.5% $54,890
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 14.2% $47,190
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers 1.5% $58,280

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Maintenance & Repair?

3 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
0% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 3 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electronics maintenance and repair in 2018, making it rank #326 in popularity.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of electronics repair majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Electronics Repair Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 3
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Electronics Maintenance & Repair Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Electronics Repair majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $40,880 to $56,340 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

Median Salary for an Electronics Maintenance & Repair Major  ( 40880 to 56340 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with electronics repair may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 41.1%
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) 30.9%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.7%
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. 0.2%
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. 1.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Electronics Maintenance & Repair Programs

In 2017-2018, 466 schools offered a electronics repair 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) 309 8
Certificate (1-2 years) 307 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 41 1
Associate’s Degree 249 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 309 8
Master’s Degree 0 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 Electronics Maintenance & Repair Worth It?

The median salary for a electronics repair grad is $44,710 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 12% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $96,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to electronics repair.

Major Number of Grads
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 68,068
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,789
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,738
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,825
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 981
Mechanics & Repairers 262

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