Change is everywhere. Companies restructure, technology evolves and processes must adapt to keep up. Employees are required to learn new skills and teams must integrate to work together efficiently. Coordinating all of this requires specialized management skills related to the human side of business.
A management degree can help you keep up with these changes and facilitate organizational improvements that enhance staff performance and financial results. Benedictine’s Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior specializes in training the next generation of servant leaders who exact positive and lasting change within their teams and organizations. Our graduates are adept at changing a company’s culture, improving morale, retaining great employees, reducing turnover, and balancing staff expectations against the company’s policies and resources.
As a Benedictine graduate with an MS in Management and Organizational Behavior, you will be able to excel in numerous career paths. A graduate degree in management and organizational behavior prepares you to assume important leadership roles in business, government and civic organizations, or you may prefer the variety and flexibility of working as an independent management consultant. Whichever path your career may take, this degree will help you gain valuable management skills and knowledge of human behavior that you can put to use in the workplace to manage the human side of business and advance your career. Discover some of the potential career paths below.
Career Options for Organizational Behavior Graduates
Management analysts, or management consultants, advise organizations on how to improve their profit, performance and efficiency. Some consultants focus specifically on organizational behavior or organization development and specialize in the human aspect of business including change management, improving productivity and human capital development. They provide an external, objective assessment of an organization and develop strategic recommendations to improve. This career requires a mix of analytic, creative and problem solving abilities, as well as strong communication, interpersonal and time-management skills.
The job outlook for management analysts is promising. Employment is expected to grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, outpacing the average growth rate of all occupations.1 In 2010, close to 23 percent of management analysts were self-employed.
Human Resources Professionals
Human resources professionals lead recruitment, hiring, development and coordination of staff. They also work with the executive leadership on human capital planning, facilitating change and serve as a connection between management and employees.
A career in human resources can encompass many responsibilities and spans all industries. Titles may include Corporate Labor Relations Executive, Payroll Manager, Director of Employee Benefits and Services, Performance Evaluation Specialist, Employment and Recruiting Manager, Employee Grievance Specialist and Staffing Manager.
For someone with strong interpersonal and managerial skills, a decisive nature and good organizational skills, a career in human resources may be a great fit.
Training and Development Managers
Training and development managers identify, plan and implement initiatives to increase employees’ knowledge and/or aptitude to do their jobs. This is essential to ensure a company remains competitive, keeps employees engaged and reduces attrition.
Although not required, most employers prefer that individuals in this area earn a master’s degree and have experience in the industry in which they train others. It is also important to have critical-thinking skills necessary to assess and improve the training needs of a company. An understanding of adult learning theory is also beneficial for effective design and implementation of training materials.
Job titles may include: Director of Training, Training and Development Specialist and Chief Learning Officer.
Rising to the top requires the ability to motivate and inspire people and think strategically about the management and growth of the organization. In an evolving business environment, people-focused management skills are a major asset for organizations that must work harder than ever to stay competitive. The MS in Management and Organizational Behavior program at Benedictine has armed executives in many of the nation’s top companies with the skills needed to grow their individual, team, unit and company’s success.
An MS in Management and Organizational Behavior prepares graduates to mold a company’s growth strategy, inspire team members, establish goals to motivate staff at every level, and delegate tasks to qualified managers and supervisors. Effectively utilizing human capital to manifest an overall vision for the company is the mark of a true leader.
Salaries and Hiring Trends
Benedictine online MS in Management and Organizational Behavior graduates report strong salaries and a positive hiring outlook. In a 2014 survey of online graduates, 100 percent reported the program prepared them for their current career and 53 percent reported the program provided them increased networking opportunities. Additionally, 60 percent of alumni respondents reported making more than $70,000 per year.
According to Burning Glass Labor Insights2, these in-demand jobs have had the following number of positions available and average yearly salary during the past year:
- Business/Management Analyst: 99,418 positions available, average salary $76,843/yr.
- Operations Manager: 57,578 positions, average salary $80,862/yr.
- Training and Development Specialist: 45,768 positions, average salary $56,480/yr.
- Human Resources/Labor Relation Specialist: 36,025 positions, average salary $57,778/yr.
- Human Resources Manager: 33,896 positions, average salary $81,660/yr.
- Training and Development Manager: 6,815 positions, average salary $159,252/yr.
The Impact of Organizational Behavior
If you are interested in finding out more about how the learning outcomes in the Master’s in Management and Organizational Behavior program play out in the real world, here are several articles focusing on specific skills emphasized in the program:
- Organizational Leadership and Organizational Management: how they differ from and complement each other
- Organizational Behavior
- Organizational Development
- Organizational Change and Restructuring
- Human Resource Management
- The psychological and sociological aspects of Organizational Behavior
Take your career to new heights. Request more information, apply online or call us at (866) 295-3104 to see how you can leverage an MS in Management and Organizational Behavior degree to achieve your goals.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Management Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm (visited April 25, 2013).
2Information on jobs, openings, salaries, in-demand skills and employers pulled on 4/14, reflecting data pulled over the past 12 months from Burning Glass Technologies Labor/Insight.