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Operations Management

3,877 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
514 Master's Degrees Annually
#19 in Popularity
$103,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Operations Management Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,880
Basic Certificate 1,070
Master’s Degree 514
Associate’s Degree 193
Undergraduate Certificate 74
Graduate Certificate 64
Doctor’s Degree 7

What Operations Management Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, maintenance 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 Maintenance Management Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in maintenance management should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.

Skills for Maintenance Management Majors

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

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Maintenance Management Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a maintenance management student include the following:

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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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Operations Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with maintenance management:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Computer and Information Systems Managers 12.0% $142,530
Construction Managers 11.1% $93,370
Logisticians 6.9% $74,600
Logistics Analysts 6.9% $74,600
Logistics Engineers 6.9% $74,600

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management?

3,880 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
39% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 61% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Maintenance Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 166
Black or African American 168
Hispanic or Latino 330
White 2,333
International Students 630
Other Races/Ethnicities 253

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Maintenance Management, too. About 16.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Operations Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $69,320 to $113,370 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to maintenance management. 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.

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Some degrees associated with maintenance management 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 13.4%
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) 9.1%
Some College Courses 14.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 39.2%
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. 2.2%
Master’s Degree 5.4%
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. 0.0%
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. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 6.0%

Online Operations Management Programs

In 2018-2019, 243 schools offered a maintenance 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) 59 20
Certificate (1-2 years) 22 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 65 14
Bachelor’s Degree 16 7
Post-Baccalaureate 59 20
Master’s Degree 38 11
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Operations Management Worth It?

The median salary for a maintenance management grad is $103,110 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 158% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,264,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to maintenance 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
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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