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$46,770 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Communications Technology/Support Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many communications technologies and support graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 551
Graduate Certificate 53

What Communications Technology/Support Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to communications technologies and support 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 Communications Technologies & Support Majors

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

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills for Communications Technologies & Support Majors

communications technologies and support majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Communications Technologies & Support Majors

Communications Technologies and Support majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

What Can You Do With a Communications Technology/Support Major?

People with a communications technologies and support degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.8% $43,770
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 7.2% $54,570
Film and Video Editors 17.0% $62,650
Media and Communication Workers 10.0% $48,330
Multimedia Artists and Animators 8.4% $72,520
Sound Engineering Technicians 6.5% $52,390

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Communications Technology/Support?

551 Master's Degrees Annually
46% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 46% of the graduates are women, and 54% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of communications technologies and support majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Communications Technologies & Support Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 42
Hispanic or Latino 45
White 136
International Students 269
Other Races/Ethnicities 45

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Communications Technologies & Support. About 48.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Communications Technology/Support Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in communications technologies and support have a median salary of $31,000 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $28,200 (25th percentile) and $33,700 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to communications technologies and support so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Communications Technologies and Support majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $38,470 to $61,750 (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 degrees associated with communications technologies and support may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for communications technologies and support careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 4.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 30.3%
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) 11.8%
Some College Courses 16.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.7%
Master’s Degree 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. 1.1%

Online Communications Technology/Support Programs

In 2018-2019, 667 schools offered a communications technologies and support program of some type. 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) 407 18
Certificate (1-2 years) 384 7
Certificate (2-4 Years) 21 1
Associate’s Degree 506 17
Bachelor’s Degree 9 1
Post-Baccalaureate 407 18
Master’s Degree 34 5
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Communications Technology/Support Worth It?

The median salary for a communications technologies and support grad is $46,770 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 17% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $137,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to communications technologies and support.

Major Number of Grads
Engineering 63,808
Computer & Information Sciences 51,096
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 27,505
Mathematics & Statistics 13,820
Physical Sciences 13,573
Architecture & Related Services 7,816
Engineering Technologies 7,277
Natural Resources & Conservation 5,491
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,975
Science Technologies / Technicians 70

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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