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Business Administration & Management

146,067 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
110,656 Master's Degrees Annually
#1 in Popularity
$103,330 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Business Administration & Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general business administration and management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 146,366
Master’s Degree 110,756
Associate’s Degree 56,632
Basic Certificate 27,388
Undergraduate Certificate 5,364
Graduate Certificate 2,364
Doctor’s Degree 2,054

What Business Administration & Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to business administration were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Business Administration Majors

Business Administration majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills for Business Administration Majors

business administration majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Business Administration Majors

A major in business administration will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Business Administration & Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with business administration:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Administrative Services Managers 10.1% $96,180
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Construction Managers 11.1% $93,370
Cost Estimators 10.5% $64,040
General and Operations Managers 9.1% $100,930
Investment Fund Managers 8.0% $107,480
Loss Prevention Managers 8.0% $107,480
Management Analysts 14.3% $83,610
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Sales Managers 7.5% $124,220
Security Managers 8.0% $107,480
Social and Community Service Managers 18.0% $65,320
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.8% $94,730
Supply Chain Managers 8.0% $107,480
Transportation Managers 6.8% $94,730
Wind Energy Operations Managers 8.0% $107,480
Wind Energy Project Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management?

146,366 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
47% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 47% of the graduates are women, and 53% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of business administration majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Business Administration Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10,575
Black or African American 15,867
Hispanic or Latino 21,707
White 74,324
International Students 8,865
Other Races/Ethnicities 15,028

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Business Administration. About 6.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Business Administration & Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $94,390 to $115,590 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to business administration. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Business Administration & Management Major  ( 94390 to 115590 )
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Some careers associated with business administration require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to business administration have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 9.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.1%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 45.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.0%
Master’s Degree 14.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.3%
Doctoral Degree 5.1%

Online Business Administration & Management Programs

In 2018-2019, 2,530 schools offered a business administration program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 475 178
Certificate (1-2 years) 338 117
Certificate (2-4 Years) 9 1
Associate’s Degree 1,211 483
Bachelor’s Degree 195 83
Post-Baccalaureate 475 178
Master’s Degree 1,032 578
Post-Master’s 46 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 151 33
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 9 2
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 1

Is a Degree in Business Administration & Management Worth It?

The median salary for a business administration grad is $103,330 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 159% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,268,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to business administration.

Major Number of Grads
Interior Design Management 16,189
Organizational Leadership 12,591
Supply Chain Management 9,732
Operations Management 5,802
Office Administration 5,025
Project Management 3,344
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 3,071
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 1,294
Retail Management 833
Transportation/Mobility Management 731
E-Commerce 233
Research and Development Management 194
Customer Service Management 184

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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