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Environmental Control Technology

204 Master's Degrees Annually
#204 in Popularity (Master's)
$50,160 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Environmental Control Technology Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 204
Graduate Certificate 15

What Environmental Control Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, environmental control tech 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 Environmental Control Tech Majors

Environmental Control Tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Environmental Control Tech Majors

A major in environmental control tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Environmental Control Tech Majors

Environmental Control Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Environmental Control Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with environmental control tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.3% $66,590
Electrical Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Electromechanical Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Electronics Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Environmental Engineering Technicians 12.4% $50,560
Fuel Cell Technicians 5.2% $63,200
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Mechanical Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Environmental Control Technology?

204 Master's Degrees Annually
30% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 70% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of environmental control tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Environmental Control Tech Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 17
Hispanic or Latino 11
White 79
International Students 73
Other Races/Ethnicities 15

Geographic Diversity

Environmental Control Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 35.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Nigeria
  • Nepal

How Much Do Environmental Control Technology Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in environmental control tech was $95,600 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $83,550 (25th percentile) and $107,650 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in environmental control tech, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $47,050 to $65,720 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to environmental control tech. 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.

Median Salary for an Environmental Control Technology Major  ( 47050 to 65720 )
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Some degrees associated with environmental control tech 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 environmental control tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 4.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 13.8%
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) 23.7%
Some College Courses 8.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 20.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 27.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.5%
Master’s Degree 1.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.3%

Online Environmental Control Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 504 schools offered a environmental control tech 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) 313 13
Certificate (1-2 years) 254 10
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 352 18
Bachelor’s Degree 5 1
Post-Baccalaureate 313 13
Master’s Degree 19 6
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 Environmental Control Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a environmental control tech grad is $50,160 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 26% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $205,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to environmental control tech.

Major Number of Grads
Engineering-Related Fields 4,157
Quality Control Technology 714
Industrial Production Technology 413
General Engineering Technology 341
Engineering Technology (Other) 320
Computer Engineering Technology 272
Construction Engineering Technology 188
Mechanical Engineering Technology 186
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 178
Electronics Engineering Technology 143
Nanotechnology 77
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 33
Architectural Engineering Technology 21
Engineering-Related Technologies 15
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0

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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