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Precision Metal Working

2 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#329 in Popularity
$41,090 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Precision Metal Working Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many precision metal working graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 30,108
Undergraduate Certificate 18,567
Associate’s Degree 5,190
Bachelor’s Degree 2

What Precision Metal Working Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to precision metal working 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 Precision Metal Working Majors

Precision Metal Working majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Precision Metal Working Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to precision metal working:

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Precision Metal Working Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a precision metal working 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).
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Precision Metal Working Major?

People with a precision metal working degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 16.3% $53,190
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 1.1% $40,070
Machinists 2.0% $43,630
Sheet Metal Workers 8.6% $48,460
Solderers and Brazers 5.6% $41,380
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters 5.6% $41,380

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Precision Metal Working?

2 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
0% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 2 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in precision metal working in 2018, making it rank #329 in popularity.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of precision metal working majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Precision Metal Working Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 2
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Precision Metal Working Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Precision Metal Working majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $38,140 to $45,250 (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 degrees associated with precision metal working 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 precision metal working have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 9.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 51.6%
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) 24.6%
Some College Courses 7.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.3%
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. 0.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 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. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 0.1%

Online Precision Metal Working Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 987 schools offered some type of precision metal working 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) 1,002 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,168 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 94 0
Associate’s Degree 655 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1,002 2
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 Precision Metal Working Worth It?

The median salary for a precision metal working grad is $41,090 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 3% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $23,800 after 20 years!

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Major Number of Grads
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Other Precision Production 185
Leatherworking & Upholstery 136
Boilermaking 23
Precision Production Trades 18

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