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Labor & Industrial Relations

969 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
663 Master's Degrees Annually
#37 in Popularity
$103,330 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Labor & Industrial Relations Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many labor and industrial relations graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 969
Master’s Degree 663
Associate’s Degree 186
Basic Certificate 43
Doctor’s Degree 10
Graduate Certificate 6
Undergraduate Certificate 5

What Labor & Industrial Relations Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to labor relations 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 Labor Relations Majors

Labor Relations 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills for Labor Relations Majors

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

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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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Labor Relations Majors

A major in labor relations will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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 Labor & Industrial Relations Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with labor relations:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Human Resources Managers 9.0% $113,300

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Labor & Industrial Relations?

969 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
54% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 54% of the graduates are women, and 46% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of labor relations majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Labor Relations Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 53
Black or African American 115
Hispanic or Latino 133
White 551
International Students 48
Other Races/Ethnicities 69

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Labor Relations. About 5.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Labor & Industrial Relations Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $70,730 to $126,700 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to labor relations. 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.

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Some careers associated with labor relations 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 labor relations careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.0%
Some College Courses 1.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 31.3%
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. 5.3%
Master’s Degree 18.0%
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. 1.4%
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. 1.5%
Doctoral Degree 32.9%

Online Labor & Industrial Relations Programs

In 2018-2019, 48 schools offered a labor relations 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) 8 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 10 2
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 8 1
Master’s Degree 24 5
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Labor & Industrial Relations Worth It?

The median salary for a labor relations grad is $103,330 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 159% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,268,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to labor relations.

Major Number of Grads
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 17,412
Organizational Behavior Studies 3,773
Human Resources Development 2,001
Other Human Resources Management and Services 1,632
Labor Studies 123

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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