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43 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
11 Master's Degrees Annually
#293 in Popularity
$34,530 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Woodworking Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 368
Undergraduate Certificate 296
Associate’s Degree 139
Bachelor’s Degree 43
Master’s Degree 11

What Woodworking Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to woodworking 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 Woodworking Majors

Woodworking majors often go into careers in which the following 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

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

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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 you progress with your woodworking degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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?

People with a woodworking degree often go into the following careers:

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?

43 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
60% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 43 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in woodworking in 2018, making it rank #293 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 60% of recent graduates being female.

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 4
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 28
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Woodworking, too. About 14.0% 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 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.

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 2017-2018 academic year, 82 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) 45 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 52 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 6 0
Associate’s Degree 29 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 45 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 53,867
Other Precision Production 185
Leatherworking & Upholstery 136
Boilermaking 23
Precision Production Trades 18

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