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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 64
Bachelor’s Degree 62
Graduate Certificate 30
Associate Degree 21
Undergraduate Certificate 5

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

knowledge management majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a knowledge management student include the following:

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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?

62 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
40% Percent Women
35% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 60% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 28
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 16

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 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 knowledge management 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 knowledge management careers below.

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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 the 2019-2020 academic year, 28 schools offered some type of knowledge management 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) 5 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 4
Bachelor’s Degree 10 4
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 10 6
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 12,374
Information Resources Management 1,160
Other Management Information Systems and Services 482

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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