Types of Degrees E-Commerce Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many e-commerce graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What E-Commerce Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to electronic commerce and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Electronic Commerce Majors
Electronic Commerce majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- 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.
- 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.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Skills for Electronic Commerce Majors
When studying electronic commerce, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- 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.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Abilities for Electronic Commerce Majors
A major in electronic commerce will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- 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 E-Commerce Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with electronic commerce:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers||3.4%||$55,810|
|First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers||3.8%||$39,630|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in E-Commerce?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of electronic commerce majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||16|
|Hispanic or Latino||9|
Students from other countries are interested in Electronic Commerce, too. About 6.4% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do E-Commerce Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $45,080 to $59,340 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to electronic commerce. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to E-Commerce
Some degrees associated with electronic commerce may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 electronic commerce have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||6.0%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||35.7%|
|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)||4.2%|
|Some College Courses||14.5%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||13.7%|
Online E-Commerce Programs
In 2019-2020, 73 schools offered a electronic commerce 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)||0||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||8||2|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||1||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in E-Commerce Worth It?
The median salary for a electronic commerce grad is $45,080 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 13% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $103,600 after 20 years!
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Majors Related to E-Commerce
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to electronic commerce.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|General Business Administration and Management||343,202|
|Interior Design Management||15,201|
|Supply Chain Management||9,941|
|Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management||1,097|
|Research and Development Management||206|
|Customer Service Management||194|
*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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