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Woodworking Major

193 yearly degrees
#260 in popularity
$35,000 median salary

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

There are 29 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in woodworking, 4 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 2 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Woodworking Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in woodworking in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 60.5% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of woodworking majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 9.3%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 4.7%
  • White: 65.1%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 14%
  • Other Races: 7%
Woodworking Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in woodworking. About 14% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending woodworking majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and Canada.

What Will You Learn as a Woodworking Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to woodworking 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 Woodworking Majors

Woodworking majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Woodworking Majors

Skills for Woodworking Majors

When studying woodworking, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Woodworking Majors

Abilities for Woodworking Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a woodworking student include the following:

Important Abilities for woodworking Majors

What Can You Do With a Woodworking Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with woodworking:

Careers Related to Woodworking
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Model Makers, Wood



Patternmakers, Wood



Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood



Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing



Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters



Furniture Finishers






Woodworking Major Salary

Woodworking majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $31,000 to $53,000. 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, 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 Woodworking Major  ( 31000 to 53000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

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 Woodworking Major Jobs

Some careers associated with woodworking 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 woodworking have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Woodworking
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Woodworking Programs

There are 4 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in woodworking, with 0 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 Woodworking Major Worth It?

The median salary for a woodworking grad is $35,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is -11% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $-87,400 after 20 years!

woodworking salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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