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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,821
Basic Certificate 3,798
Master’s Degree 388
Associate Degree 235
Undergraduate Certificate 93
Graduate Certificate 57
Doctor’s Degree 5

What Operations Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to maintenance management were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Maintenance 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.
  • 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

maintenance management majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

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

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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?

3,821 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
40% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 60% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 206
Black or African American 192
Hispanic or Latino 343
White 2,303
International Students 540
Other Races/Ethnicities 237

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Maintenance Management, too. About 14.1% 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. 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to maintenance management have obtained the following education levels.

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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 2019-2020, 228 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 22 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 62 7
Bachelor’s Degree 18 6
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 38 9
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 343,202
Interior Design Management 15,201
Organizational Leadership 12,896
Supply Chain Management 9,941
Office Administration 4,447
Project Management 3,713
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 2,905
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 1,097
Retail Management 943
Transportation/Mobility Management 658
Risk Management 432
Science/Technology Management 256
E-Commerce 246
Research and Development Management 206
Customer Service Management 194

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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