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99 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
6 Master's Degrees Annually
#79 in Popularity
$69,480 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other General Operations Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 115
Bachelor’s Degree 98
Associate Degree 8
Undergraduate Certificate 6
Master’s Degree 2

What Other General Operations Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

A major in other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

As you progress with your other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations 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 Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Other General Operations Major?

People with a other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 4.9% $73,390
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3.8% $39,630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 5.2% $58,510

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other General Operations?

98 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
65% Percent Women
59% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 65% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 35
Hispanic or Latino 13
White 34
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Other General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, too. About 3.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Other General Operations Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $45,080 to $84,600 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations. 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 careers associated with other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations 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 other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 5.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 26.1%
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) 4.0%
Some College Courses 6.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 45.1%
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. 1.4%
Master’s Degree 1.4%
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. 0.2%

Online Other General Operations Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 32 schools offered some type of other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations 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) 4 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 13 2
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 3 1
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 Other General Operations Worth It?

The median salary for a other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations grad is $69,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 74% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $591,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other general merchandising, sales, and related marketing operations.

Major Number of Grads
General Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 3,331
Retailing and Retail Operations 947
Professional Sales 911
Merchandising and Buying Operations 55

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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