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Industrial Production Technology

367 Master's Degrees Annually
11 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#166 in Popularity (Master's)
$58,860 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Industrial Production Technology Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 367
Graduate Certificate 35
Doctor’s Degree 11

What Industrial Production Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, industrial production 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 Industrial Production Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in industrial production tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Industrial Production Tech Majors

industrial production tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Industrial Production Tech Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a industrial production tech student include the following:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Industrial Production Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with industrial production tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Electronics Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Industrial Engineering Technicians 0.6% $55,460
Industrial Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians 5.2% $63,200
Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Industrial Production Technology?

367 Master's Degrees Annually
30% Percent Women
16% 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 industrial production tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Industrial Production Tech Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 36
White 116
International Students 189
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Industrial Production Tech. About 51.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • China
  • Spain
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Industrial Production Technology Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of industrial production technology students with a master’s degree is $54,200 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $54,200 (25th percentile) and $54,200 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a industrial production tech degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Industrial Production Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $44,360 to $65,050 (25th to 75th percentile). 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 industrial production tech 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 schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to industrial production tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 6.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 23.6%
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) 13.7%
Some College Courses 9.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 18.7%
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. 0.1%
Master’s Degree 2.8%
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. 0.8%
Doctoral Degree 2.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.7%

Online Industrial Production Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 586 schools offered a industrial production 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) 359 23
Certificate (1-2 years) 228 9
Certificate (2-4 Years) 10 1
Associate’s Degree 440 15
Bachelor’s Degree 6 2
Post-Baccalaureate 359 23
Master’s Degree 30 5
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Industrial Production Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a industrial production tech grad is $58,860 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $379,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to industrial production tech.

Major Number of Grads
Engineering-Related Fields 4,157
Quality Control Technology 714
General Engineering Technology 341
Engineering Technology (Other) 320
Computer Engineering Technology 272
Environmental Control Technology 219
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

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