Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Communications technology

Communications technology field of degree. Employment: 116,550. Median annual wage: $46,000.

Communications technology field of degree. Employment: 116,550. Median annual wage: $46,000

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Table 1. Communications technology degree, 2018

Data

Communications technology

All fields

Employment

116,550 55,381,020

Median wage

$46,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

16 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

42 59

Percent with an advanced degree

13 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of communications technology major, 2018

Communications technology major

Major share

Communication Technologies

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a communications technology degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

27%

Management occupations

14

Office and administrative support occupations

10

Computer and mathematical occupations

9

Sales and related occupations

7

Other

33

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a communications technology degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

22% Bachelor's degree 2% 33%

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21 Doctoral or professional degree 2 74

Audio and video technicians

12 Postsecondary nondegree award 4 6

Producers and directors

10 Bachelor's degree 3 15

Set and exhibit designers

1 Bachelor's degree 2 16

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 4

Art directors

-2 Bachelor's degree 6 14

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 5 21

Customer service representatives

-2 High school diploma or equivalent 3 4

Graphic designers

-4 Bachelor's degree 5 8

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Communications technology,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/communications-technology/communications-technology-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 20, 2021).

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