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Precision Metal Working

5 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#321 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 32,594
Undergraduate Certificate 18,500
Associate’s Degree 5,254
Bachelor’s Degree 5

What Precision Metal Working Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to precision metal working 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 Precision Metal Working Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

precision metal working majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

As a precision metal working major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with precision metal working:

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?

5 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
20% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 5 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in precision metal working in 2019, making it rank #321 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 80% of the graduates in this field are male.

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 3
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Precision Metal Working, too. About 20.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Botswana
  • Bermuda
  • Italy

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 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 precision metal working require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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 2018-2019 academic year, 990 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) 1,052 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,179 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 83 0
Associate’s Degree 658 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1,052 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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to precision metal working.

Major Number of Grads
Woodworking 733
Other Precision Production 177
Leatherworking & Upholstery 112
Boilermaking 46
Precision Production Trades 14

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