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E-Commerce

100 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
31 Master's Degrees Annually
#78 in Popularity
$45,080 Median Salary

Types of Degrees E-Commerce Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many e-commerce graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 100
Basic Certificate 51
Graduate Certificate 32
Master’s Degree 31
Undergraduate Certificate 11
Associate’s Degree 8

What E-Commerce Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, electronic commerce majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Electronic Commerce Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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.
  • 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:

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  • 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

As you progress with your electronic commerce degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • 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?

People with a electronic commerce degree often go into the following careers:

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?

100 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
49% Percent Women
31% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 49% of the graduates are women, and 51% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of electronic commerce majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Electronic Commerce Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 57
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Electronic Commerce. About 11.0% 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.

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Some careers associated with electronic commerce 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for electronic commerce careers below.

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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%
Bachelor’s Degree 27.0%
Master’s Degree 0.8%

Online E-Commerce Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 105 schools offered some type of e-commerce program. 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) 41 10
Certificate (1-2 years) 13 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 24 3
Bachelor’s Degree 13 5
Post-Baccalaureate 41 10
Master’s Degree 9 3
Post-Master’s 0 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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to electronic commerce.

Major Number of Grads
General Business Administration and Management 350,924
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
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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