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Precision Metal Working Major

5,192 yearly degrees
#21 in popularity
$41,000 median salary

Precision metal working is a major that typically falls into the Precision Production category.

There are 655 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in precision metal working, 4 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Precision Metal Working Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in precision metal working in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 100% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 0%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 0%
  • White: 100%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0%
  • Other Races: 0%
Precision Metal Working Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in precision metal working. About 0% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending precision metal working majors to the U.S. are Saudi Arabia, Botswana and Bermuda.

What Will You Learn as a Precision Metal Working Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to precision metal working 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 Precision Metal Working Majors

A major in precision metal working should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Precision Metal Working Majors

Skills for Precision Metal Working Majors

A major in precision metal working prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

Important Skills for Precision Metal Working Majors

Abilities for Precision Metal Working Majors

A major in precision metal working will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for precision metal working Majors

What Can You Do With a Precision Metal Working Major?

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

Careers Related to Precision Metal Working
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

-15.2%

$35,150

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

-8.7%

$34,460

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

-19.5%

$38,020

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

-10.2%

$37,670

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

-14.1%

$37,520

Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

-12.8%

$38,650

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

-8.6%

$39,180

Sheet Metal Workers

8.6%

$48,460

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers

-7%

$35,920

Solderers and Brazers

5.6%

$41,380

Precision Metal Working Major Salary

Average salaries range from $38,000 to $45,000 for careers related to precision metal working. 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, 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 Precision Metal Working Major  ( 38000 to 45000 )
$0
$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

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Precision Metal Working Major Jobs

Some careers associated with precision metal working 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.

How much education 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.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Precision Metal Working
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

9.7%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

51.6%

Post-Secondary Certificate

24.6%

Some College Courses

7.8%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

4.7%

Bachelor's Degree

1.3%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0.6%

Master's Degree

0%

Post-Master's Certificate

0%

First Professional Degree

0.2%

Doctoral Degree

0.1%

Post-Doctoral Training

0%

Online Precision Metal Working Programs

There are 4 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in precision metal working, with 1 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 Precision Metal Working Major Worth It?

The median salary for a precision metal working grad is $41,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 6% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $43,800 after 20 years!

precision metal working 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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