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Office Administration

586 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
84 Master's Degrees Annually
#48 in Popularity
$59,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Office Administration Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 2,123
Associate’s Degree 1,810
Bachelor’s Degree 586
Undergraduate Certificate 408
Master’s Degree 84
Graduate Certificate 14

What Office Administration Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, office management 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 Office Management 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 Office Management Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to office management:

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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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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 Office Management Majors

Office Management majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Office Administration Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with office management:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3.4% $55,810

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Office Administration?

586 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
67% Percent Women
60% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 67% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of office management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Office Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 78
Hispanic or Latino 239
White 193
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 27

Geographic Diversity

Office Management appeals to people across the globe. About 5.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Office Administration Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to office management is $59,340. This median refers to 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.

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Some careers associated with office management require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for office management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 23.3%
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) 0.6%
Some College Courses 20.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 45.5%
Master’s Degree 1.3%

Online Office Administration Programs

In 2018-2019, 317 schools offered a office management 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) 161 52
Certificate (1-2 years) 97 25
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 224 59
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 161 52
Master’s Degree 2 1
Post-Master’s 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 Office Administration Worth It?

The median salary for a office management grad is $59,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 49% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $388,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to office management.

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
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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