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Organizational Behavior Studies

2,124 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,103 Master's Degrees Annually
#26 in Popularity
$66,790 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Organizational Behavior Studies Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,124
Master’s Degree 1,103
Doctor’s Degree 244
Graduate Certificate 172
Associate’s Degree 90
Basic Certificate 29
Undergraduate Certificate 11

What Organizational Behavior Studies Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to organizational behavior studies 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.

Knowledge Areas for Organizational Behavior Studies Majors

Organizational Behavior Studies 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Organizational Behavior Studies Majors

When studying organizational behavior studies, 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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  • 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 Organizational Behavior Studies Majors

As you progress with your organizational behavior studies 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 Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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 Behavior Studies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with organizational behavior studies:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Human Resources Specialists 7.1% $60,880

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior Studies?

2,124 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
56% Percent Women
32% 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 organizational behavior studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Organizational Behavior Studies Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 73
Black or African American 296
Hispanic or Latino 237
White 1,269
International Students 65
Other Races/Ethnicities 184

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Organizational Behavior Studies. About 3.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Organizational Behavior Studies Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Organizational Behavior Studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $66,790 to $103,330 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

Median Salary for an Organizational Behavior Studies Major  ( 66790 to 103330 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with organizational behavior studies 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to organizational behavior studies have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.3%
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) 0.7%
Some College Courses 2.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 27.6%
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. 1.2%
Master’s Degree 23.0%
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. 0.2%
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. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 34.4%

Online Organizational Behavior Studies Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 161 schools offered some type of organizational behavior studies 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) 11 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 16 4
Bachelor’s Degree 24 9
Post-Baccalaureate 11 3
Master’s Degree 63 26
Post-Master’s 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 15 3
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Organizational Behavior Studies Worth It?

The median salary for a organizational behavior studies grad is $66,790 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 67% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $537,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to organizational behavior studies.

Major Number of Grads
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 17,412
Human Resources Development 2,001
Labor & Industrial Relations 1,882
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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