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Organizational Leadership

4,399 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
6,278 Master's Degrees Annually
#18 in Popularity
$94,390 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Organizational Leadership Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many organizational leadership graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 6,433
Bachelor’s Degree 4,333
Basic Certificate 849
Graduate Certificate 659
Doctor’s Degree 482
Associate Degree 103
Undergraduate Certificate 37

What Organizational Leadership Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, organizational leadership 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 Organizational Leadership Majors

Organizational Leadership majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 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.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Skills for Organizational Leadership Majors

A major in organizational leadership prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Organizational Leadership Majors

Organizational Leadership 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.
  • 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 Organizational Leadership Major?

People with a organizational leadership degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Management Analysts 14.3% $83,610

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership?

4,333 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
50% Percent Women
35% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 50% of the graduates are women, and 50% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of organizational leadership majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 110
Black or African American 670
Hispanic or Latino 554
White 2,370
International Students 74
Other Races/Ethnicities 555

Geographic Diversity

Organizational Leadership appeals to people across the globe. About 1.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Organizational Leadership Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $94,390 to $103,330 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to organizational leadership. 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.

Median Salary for an Organizational Leadership Major  ( 94390 to 103330 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some degrees associated with organizational leadership 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 organizational leadership have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 19.3%
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. 5.2%
Master’s Degree 31.2%
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. 1.8%
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. 0.3%
Doctoral Degree 42.3%

Online Organizational Leadership Programs

In 2019-2020, 469 schools offered a organizational leadership 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) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 20 7
Bachelor’s Degree 76 34
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 249 140
Post-Master’s 14 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 43 14
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Organizational Leadership Worth It?

The median salary for a organizational leadership grad is $94,390 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 137% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,089,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to organizational leadership.

Major Number of Grads
General Business Administration and Management 343,202
Interior Design Management 15,201
Supply Chain Management 9,941
Operations Management 8,397
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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