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469 Master's Degrees Annually
10 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#155 in Popularity (Master's)
$46,480 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Community Organization & Advocacy Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many community organization and advocacy graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 469
Graduate Certificate 62
Doctor’s Degree 10

What Community Organization & Advocacy Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to community organization 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 Community Organization Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Community Organization Majors

When studying community organization, 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Community Organization Majors

As you progress with your community organization 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Community Organization & Advocacy Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with community organization:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Community and Social Service Specialists 13.2% $42,620
Social and Community Service Managers 18.0% $65,320

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Community Organization & Advocacy?

469 Master's Degrees Annually
77% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 77% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of community organization majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Community Organization Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 76
Hispanic or Latino 41
White 257
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 70

Geographic Diversity

Community Organization appeals to people across the globe. About 4.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Canada

How Much Do Community Organization & Advocacy Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in community organization and advocacy made a median starting salary of $41,600 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $40,100 (25th percentile) and $41,825 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,050 to $71,670 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to community organization. This range includes 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 community organization 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for community organization careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 18.4%
Some College Courses 7.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 38.8%
Master’s Degree 17.8%
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. 3.9%

Online Community Organization & Advocacy Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 schools offered some type of community organization and advocacy 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) 20 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 10 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 35 4
Bachelor’s Degree 25 8
Post-Baccalaureate 20 2
Master’s Degree 35 10
Post-Master’s 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Community Organization & Advocacy Worth It?

The median salary for a community organization grad is $46,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 16% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $131,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to community organization.

Major Number of Grads
Social Work 57,499
Public Administration 17,444
Human Services 13,768
Public Policy 6,021
Other Public Administration 971

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