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|
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:
- 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
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:
- 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?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of electronic commerce majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||11|
|Hispanic or Latino||9|
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to E-Commerce
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.
|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 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|
|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||350,924|
|Interior Design Management||16,189|
|Supply Chain Management||9,732|
|Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management||1,294|
|Research and Development Management||194|
|Customer Service Management||184|
*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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