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$30,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Receptionist Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 143
Undergraduate Certificate 65

What Receptionist Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, receptionist 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 Receptionist Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

Skills for Receptionist Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • 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.

Abilities for Receptionist Majors

As you progress with your receptionist degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Receptionist Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with receptionist:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Customer Service Representatives 4.9% $33,750
Patient Representatives 4.9% $33,750
Receptionists and Information Clerks 9.1% $29,140

How Much Do Receptionist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $30,350 to $36,470 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to receptionist. 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 a Receptionist Major  ( 30350 to 36470 )
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Some careers associated with receptionist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 receptionist careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 4.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 51.9%
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) 2.1%
Some College Courses 6.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 20.1%
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. 2.1%
Master’s Degree 2.0%

Online Receptionist Programs

In 2018-2019, 36 schools offered a receptionist 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) 25 8
Certificate (1-2 years) 14 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 25 8
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 Receptionist Worth It?

The median salary for a receptionist grad is $30,350 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 receptionist.

Major Number of Grads
General Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science 8,619
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 2,911
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 2,517
Business & Office Technology 2,375
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 2,022
Other Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services 475
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 220
Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician 136

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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