Most graders list "discrete mathematics," "lab reports," and "final exams" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important grader responsibilities here:
See the full list of grader skills.
We've found that 62.2% of graders have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 9.8% earned their master's degrees before becoming a grader. While it's true that most graders have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every seven graders did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those graders who do attend college, typically earn either a mathematics degree or a mechanical engineering degree. Less commonly earned degrees for graders include a computer science degree or a electrical engineering degree.
When you're ready to become a grader, you might wonder which companies hire graders. According to our research through grader resumes, graders are mostly hired by Steel Dynamics, CARE, and PSEA. Now is a good time to apply as Steel Dynamics has 20 graders job openings, and there are 16 at CARE and 10 at PSEA.
If you're interested in companies where graders make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Google, VMware, and Bayer. We found that at Google, the average grader salary is $119,234. Whereas at VMware, graders earn roughly $104,630. And at Bayer, they make an average salary of $72,935.
View more details on grader salaries across the United States.
We also looked into companies who hire graders from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include University of Washington, Boston University, and University of Southern California.