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42 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
12 Master's Degrees Annually
#297 in Popularity
$34,530 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Woodworking Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many woodworking graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 418
Undergraduate Certificate 153
Associate’s Degree 108
Bachelor’s Degree 42
Master’s Degree 12

What Woodworking Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, woodworking majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Woodworking Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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:

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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 Woodworking Majors

As a woodworking 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.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Woodworking Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with woodworking:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 2.3% $34,740
Woodworkers 3.3% $31,170
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 0.5% $29,730

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Woodworking?

42 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
55% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 42 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in woodworking in 2019, making it rank #297 in popularity. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 55% of the graduates are women, and 45% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Woodworking Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 21
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Woodworking. About 16.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • India
  • Mexico

How Much Do Woodworking Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $31,200 to $52,590 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to woodworking. 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 woodworking 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for woodworking careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 19.9%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 55.4%
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) 19.5%
Some College Courses 3.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.4%

Online Woodworking Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 schools offered some type of woodworking 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) 48 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 50 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 6 0
Associate’s Degree 29 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 48 0
Master’s Degree 2 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 Woodworking Worth It?

The median salary for a woodworking grad is $34,530 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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

Major Number of Grads
Precision Metal Working 56,353
Other Precision Production 177
Leatherworking & Upholstery 112
Boilermaking 46
Precision Production Trades 14

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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