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Knowledge Management

73 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
163 Master's Degrees Annually
#88 in Popularity
$152,860 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Knowledge Management Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 163
Bachelor’s Degree 73
Graduate Certificate 43
Associate’s Degree 18
Basic Certificate 13
Undergraduate Certificate 1

What Knowledge Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to knowledge management 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 Knowledge Management Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in knowledge management should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for Knowledge Management Majors

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

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Knowledge Management Majors

A major in knowledge management will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Knowledge Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with knowledge management:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Computer and Information Systems Managers 12.0% $142,530

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Knowledge Management?

73 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
34% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 66% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of knowledge management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Knowledge Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 35
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

Knowledge Management appeals to people across the globe. About 2.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Knowledge Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to knowledge management is $152,860. This median refers to 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 knowledge management 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 knowledge management have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.3%
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) 5.8%
Some College Courses 26.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 47.7%
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. 2.8%
Master’s Degree 14.4%

Online Knowledge Management Programs

In 2018-2019, 28 schools offered a knowledge management 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) 3 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 3
Bachelor’s Degree 9 4
Post-Baccalaureate 3 2
Master’s Degree 12 7
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 Knowledge Management Worth It?

The median salary for a knowledge management grad is $152,860 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 283% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $2,259,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to knowledge management.

Major Number of Grads
General Management Information Systems 12,836
Information Resources Management 1,090
Other Management Information Systems and Services 510

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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