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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 6,280
Bachelor’s Degree 4,401
Basic Certificate 825
Graduate Certificate 520
Doctor’s Degree 444
Associate’s Degree 105
Undergraduate Certificate 16

What Organizational Leadership Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to organizational leadership 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 Organizational Leadership Majors

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

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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

organizational leadership majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

As a organizational leadership major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

4,401 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
49% Percent Women
35% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 49% of the graduates are women, and 51% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Organizational Leadership Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 119
Black or African American 709
Hispanic or Latino 513
White 2,209
International Students 77
Other Races/Ethnicities 774

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Organizational Leadership, too. 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 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.

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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Some careers associated with organizational leadership 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 organizational leadership careers below.

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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 2018-2019, 449 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) 62 23
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 17 8
Bachelor’s Degree 60 33
Post-Baccalaureate 62 23
Master’s Degree 230 152
Post-Master’s 14 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 36 16
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
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 350,924
Interior Design Management 16,189
Supply Chain Management 9,732
Operations Management 5,802
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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