Communication Technologies

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

15,989

declining 3.87%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$5,050

growing 2.29%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$29,554

growing 4.62%

Average Wage

$60,267

growing 13%

People in Workforce

82,940

growing 4.57%

Average Employee Age

36.7

growing 0.252%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Communication Technologies degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, and Tempe, AZ. The locations with a relatively high number of Communication Technologies degree recipients are Colonie, NY, North Bethesda, MD, and Edina, MN. The most common degree awarded to students studying Communication Technologies is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Communication Technologies and the types of students that study this field. Full Sail University awards the most degrees in Communication Technologies in the US, but SAE Institute of Technology-New York and MediaTech Institute-Austin have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Communication Technologies.

Tuition costs for Communication Technologies majors are, on average, $5,050 for in-state public colleges, and $29,554 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Communication Technologies programs are Public, 2-year institutions (366 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (6,007 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Communication Technologies

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Communication Technologies, is Public, 2-year (6,007 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Communication Technologies programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$5,050

Median In-State Public

$29,554

Median Out of State Private

Full Sail University has the most Communication Technologies degree recipients, with 947 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Communication Technologies.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Communication Technologies programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, SAE Institute of Technology-New York and MediaTech Institute-Austin have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Communication Technologies, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Communication Technologies

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Communication Technologies by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Communication Technologies.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Communication Technologies graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Communication Technologies majors is $60,267 and the most common occupations are Designers, Miscellaneous managers, and Software developers, applications & systems software.

The industry that employs the most Communication Technologies majors is Computer Systems Design, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Traveler accommodation.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$60,267

Average Wage in Workforce

± $5,288

13%

1 Year Growth

± 10.3%

The average salary for Communication Technologies majors is $60,267 and the most common occupations are Designers, Miscellaneous managers, and Software developers, applications & systems software.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Communication Technologies majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Communication Technologies majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

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Occupations by Share

82,940

2017 Workforce

± 7,069

4.57%

1 Year Growth

± 11.7%

The number of Communication Technologies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.57%, from 79,317 in 2016 to 82,940 in 2017.

The largest single share of Communication Technologies graduates go on to work as Designers (8.69%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Communication Technologies by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

82,940

2017 Workforce

± 7,069

4.57%

1 Year Growth

± 11.7%

The number of Communication Technologies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.57%, from 79,317 in 2016 to 82,940 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Communication Technologies graduates by share is Computer Systems Design, followed by Motion pictures & video industries. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Communication Technologies.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Communication Technologies majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Communication Technologies in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Communication Technologies is 36.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Communication Technologies degrees, and White students earn the majority (7,873) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

36.7

Average Age in 2017

± 0.956 Years

0.252%

1 Year Change

± 3.77%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Communication Technologies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 31 and 26 years old, which represent 6.03% and 5.79% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Communication Technologies are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Communication Technologies are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (66.9%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Communication Technologies.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,873 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,881 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    2,282 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Communication Technologies for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    1,713 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    990 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    413 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Communication Technologies. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    936 degree recipients

  2. China

    928 degree recipients

  3. Philippines

    887 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. United Kingdom, not specified

    10.4 times more than expected

  2. China

    2.38 times more than expected

  3. Korea

    2.08 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in United Kingdom, not specified that hold Communication Technologies degrees (10.4 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (936 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Communication Technologies field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Communication Technologies majors need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Communication Technologies majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Equipment Selection, and Operation and Control.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Communication Technologies majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Operation Monitoring, Critical Thinking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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