Communications Technology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

657

growing 13.7%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$2,496

declining 10.3%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$29,480

growing 2.97%

Average Wage

$60,902

growing 1.05%

People in Workforce

85,930

growing 3.61%

Average Employee Age

36.7

declining 0.223%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Communications Technology degree recipients are Springfield, MO, Largo, FL, and East Stroudsburg, PA. The locations with a relatively high number of Communications Technology degree recipients are Cumberland, MD, East Stroudsburg, PA, and Panama City, FL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Communications Technology is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Communications Technology and the types of students that study this field. Full Sail University awards the most degrees in Communications Technology in the US, but Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon and Pellissippi State Community College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Communications Technology.

Tuition costs for Communications Technology majors are, on average, $2,496 for in-state public colleges, and $29,480 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Communications Technology programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (19 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (238 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Communications Technology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Communications Technology, is Public, 4-year or above (238 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$2,496

Median In-State Public

$29,480

Median Out of State Private

Full Sail University has the most Communications Technology degree recipients, with 138 degrees awarded in 2017.

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

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Communications Technology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon and Pellissippi State Community College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Communications Technology, with 4.36% and 3.02%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Communications Technology

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Communications Technology 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 Communications Technology.

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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 $60,902 and the most common occupations are Graphic designers, Other managers, and Artists & related workers.

The industry that employs the most Communication Technologies majors is Motion pictures & video industries, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Software publishing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

$60,902

Average Wage in Workforce

± $4,055

1.05%

1 Year Growth

± 10.9%

The average salary for Communication Technologies majors is $60,902 and the most common occupations are Graphic designers, Other managers, and Artists & related workers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

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

Most Common

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The most common occupations Communication Technologies majors, by number of employees, are Graphic designers, Other managers, and Artists & related workers.

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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85,930

2018 Workforce

± 7,195

3.61%

1 Year Growth

± 11.5%

The number of Communication Technologies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.61%, from 82,940 in 2017 to 85,930 in 2018.

The largest single share of Communication Technologies graduates go on to work as Graphic designers (5.43%). 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

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

The most common industries that employ Communication Technologies majors, by number of employees, are Motion pictures & video industries, Computer Systems Design, and Broadcasting (except internet).

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

85,930

2018 Workforce

± 7,195

3.61%

1 Year Growth

± 11.5%

The number of Communication Technologies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.61%, from 82,940 in 2017 to 85,930 in 2018.

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

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

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 (385) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

36.7

Average Age in 2018

± 0.93 Years

0.223%

1 Year Change

± 3.64%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Communication Technologies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 29 and 26 years old, which represent 5.67% and 5.48% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Communications Technology are Bachelors Degree, < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

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 (66.1%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    385 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    108 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    87 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Communications Technology 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

    77 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Male

    34 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Male

    26 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Communications Technology. 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Communications Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. India

    1,072 degree recipients

  2. Korea

    968 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    899 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. United Kingdom, not specified

    7.59 times more than expected

  2. Korea

    4.2 times more than expected

  3. India

    1.55 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 (7.59 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 India (1,072 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Communications Technology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Communications Technology majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Communications Technology majors need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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 Communications Technology 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 Installation is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Critical Thinking, and Operation Monitoring are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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