Business Administration Careers

A degree in Business Administration prepares graduates for rewarding careers in a wide range of fields by providing the necessary coursework and training in business fundamentals. The degree is perfect for those who can communicate effectively as well as have excellent reading, writing and speaking skills. In addition, those seeking a Business Administration degree must be comfortable taking ownership of their decisions. Depending on the level of degree – Certificate, Associate, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral - coursework exposes students to a wide variety of subjects ranging from management, economics and marketing to operations, finance and communications. Career choices are abundant, specifically due to an ever changing economy as well as the emergence of the global marketplace.

Employment Opportunities

Those earning a Business Administration degree or certificate work in a wide range of positions, including:

  • Controller
  • Accountant
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Management Consulting
  • School Administrator

Skills

Business Administration professionals utilize a wide range of skills, including:

  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer ability
  • Organizational skills

Industry Spotlight

The job outlook for those holding a degree in Business Administration appears to be average, but will vary according to level and industry. Management services and management consulting jobs should be in demand. While the economy can adversely affect employment opportunities, concentrations for Business Administration degree holders in areas such as health care and education and other industries less likely to be affected by the economy hold the most promise for employment. In addition, entry to mid-level positions are expected to grow as fast as average for all occupations through 2016.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008 -09