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Business Administration & Management

170,174 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
124,678 Master's Degrees Annually
#1 in Popularity
$103,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Business Administration & Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many business administration and management graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 170,558
Master’s Degree 125,137
Associate’s Degree 59,831
Basic Certificate 30,259
Undergraduate Certificate 6,578
Graduate Certificate 4,805
Doctor’s Degree 2,642

What Business Administration & Management Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, business administration majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Business Administration Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Business Administration Majors

business administration 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Business Administration Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a business administration student include the following:

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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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Business Administration & Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with business administration:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Administrative Services Managers 10.1% $96,180
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 4.7% $66,040
Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site Managers 8.0% $107,480
Business Professors 18.0% $83,960
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Computer and Information Systems Managers 12.0% $142,530
Construction Managers 11.1% $93,370
Cost Estimators 10.5% $64,040
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7.1% $66,140
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3.4% $55,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3.8% $39,630
General and Operations Managers 9.1% $100,930
Investment Fund Managers 8.0% $107,480
Logisticians 6.9% $74,600
Logistics Analysts 6.9% $74,600
Logistics Engineers 6.9% $74,600
Logistics Managers 6.8% $94,730
Loss Prevention Managers 8.0% $107,480
Management Analysts 14.3% $83,610
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Purchasing Managers 5.4% $118,940
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Sales Managers 7.5% $124,220
Security Managers 8.0% $107,480
Social and Community Service Managers 18.0% $65,320
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.8% $94,730
Supply Chain Managers 8.0% $107,480
Transportation Managers 6.8% $94,730
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860
Wind Energy Operations Managers 8.0% $107,480
Wind Energy Project Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management?

170,558 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
47% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is one of the most frequently chosen undergraduate majors. It is the 1st most popular in the country with 170,174 students graduating with a bachelor’s in business administration in 2018. Roughly 47% of the graduates are women, and 53% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of business administration majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Business Administration Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 11,729
Black or African American 19,082
Hispanic or Latino 24,025
White 89,608
International Students 10,301
Other Races/Ethnicities 15,813

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Business Administration, too. About 6.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam

How Much Do Business Administration & Management Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration was $40,200 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $35,100 (25th percentile) and $44,375 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in business administration, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $71,670 to $123,880 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to business administration. 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 business administration 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 business administration careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 12.0%
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 9.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 44.6%
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. 3.7%
Master’s Degree 10.9%
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. 1.1%
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 3.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.4%

Online Business Administration & Management Programs

In 2017-2018, 2,817 schools offered a business administration 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) 1,151 334
Certificate (1-2 years) 677 187
Certificate (2-4 Years) 15 2
Associate’s Degree 1,896 643
Bachelor’s Degree 496 203
Post-Baccalaureate 1,151 334
Master’s Degree 1,750 904
Post-Master’s 92 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 226 46
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 6 3

Is a Degree in Business Administration & Management Worth It?

The median salary for a business administration grad is $103,110 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 158% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,264,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to business administration.

Major Number of Grads
Accounting 107,851
General Business/Commerce 58,413
Finance & Financial Management 56,960
Marketing 49,179
Human Resource Management 26,853
Hospitality Management 20,194
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,248
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 18,282
Management Information Systems 14,578
International Business 10,536
Entrepreneurial Studies 8,522
Business/Managerial Economics 6,727
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 6,711
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,750
General Sales & Marketing 5,673
Real Estate 5,183
Construction Management 3,375
Insurance 2,316
Taxation 1,888
Business/Corporate Communications 1,088
Telecommunications Management 48

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