Skilled Trades & Vocational - Electrical Technician
If your eyes light up at the thought of a career working with electricity, a degree in electronics leading to a career as an Electrical Technician may be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Electrical Technician students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), which takes two years to complete and is usually less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. In this field, an associate degree typically leads to employment as an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician, though there is the option to continue your education and pursue a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, leading to positions as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer. Master's degrees in this industry usually lead to management positions.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Experience working with electronics through a job or an extracurricular club/organization is also highly valued. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a school.
Career Opportunities After Earning An Electrical Technician Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree as an Electrical Technician include:
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician
- Electrical and Electronics Engineer
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician was $65,260 in 2019 (1) while Electrical and Electronics Engineers earned a median salary of $101,250 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.