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Business & Office Technology

34 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#99 in Popularity
$33,740 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Business & Office Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many business and office technology graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 2,354
Undergraduate Certificate 474
Associate Degree 299
Bachelor’s Degree 27

What Business & Office Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, office automation 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 Automation Majors

Office Automation majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Office Automation Majors

When studying office automation, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for Office Automation Majors

A major in office automation will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Office Technology?

27 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
56% Percent Women
48% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 56% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 11
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Office Automation appeals to people across the globe. About 7.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Business & Office Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to office automation is $33,740. This median refers to 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.

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Some degrees associated with office automation 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 office automation have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 58.7%
Some College Courses 30.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.1%

Online Business & Office Technology Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 203 schools offered some type of business and office technology program. 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) 78 6
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 74 5
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Business & Office Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a office automation grad is $33,740 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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

Major Number of Grads
General Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science 7,381
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 2,489
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1,852
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 1,807
Other Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services 401
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 281
Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician 214
Receptionist 176

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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