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What Can I Do With A Major In Business Administration?

Business is a major worth choosing if you are interested in acquiring the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to play a leadership role in the corporate world. Business leaders are critical as part of small local firms as well as within global and multinational organizations. They create and implement management strategy, manage human resources, analyze and make decisions that impact the social and economic environment within public and private organizations, shape organizational policy, and help ensure that organizational goals are being met.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Administrative Services Manager
Advertising Executive
Bank President
Business Credit/Loan Administrator
Career Services Director
Chamber of Commerce President
City Manager
Compensation/Benefits Administrator
Consultant, Management/Organizational
Consumer Credit/Loan Officer
Contract Administrator
Controller
Corporate Trainer
Database Administrator
Department Store Manager
Employment Agency Counselor
Entrepreneur
Financial Advisor
Financial Aid Director
Hospital/HMO Administrator
Hotel Manager
Human Resource Manager
Insurance Agent/Broker
Job Analyst
Management Accountant
Manager Trainee
Mortgage Banker
Nursing Home Administrator
Organizational Development Specialist
Production Manager
Property Manager
Public Relations Specialist
Purchasing Agent
Realtor
Recreation Director
Recruiting Specialist
Restaurant Manager
Sales Representative
Sports Agent
Stadium Manager
Television/Film Producer
Theatrical Agent
Urban Planner
YMCA Director

Types of Employers

Private & Non-Profit Organizations

Banks
Brokerage Houses
Colleges/Universities
Construction Firms
Consulting Firms
Credit Unions
Engineering Firms
Finance Companies
Food Manufacturers
High Technology Firms
Hospitals
Insurance Companies
Pharmaceutical Companies
Transportation Companies
Wholesale/Retail Operations

Government Agencies

Army Finance and Accounting Center
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Export - Import Bank of the US
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Federal Trade Commission
Financial Management Service
Health Care Financing Administration
Internal Revenue Service
International Trade Administration
National Credit Union Administration
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Securities and Exchange Commission
Small Business Administration

Transferrable Skills

Communicates ideas and concepts to others

Reads, writes and speaks proficiently

Solves problems and makes appropriate decisions

Possesses strong background in business, marketing and human relations

Organizes, plans and coordinates and directs activities

Inspires productivity and loyalty from others

Responds spontaneously and works well under pressure

Comprehends ethical issues

Builds and leads teams aptly

Possesses proficiency in interpersonal communication

Operates and uses information derived from computers

Possesses knowledge of small business management

Understands global marketplace

Understands organizational development, policy, strategy and structure

Experiential Education

Completing management trainee program for service-oriented company

Reviewing application files for a human resources department

Analyzing production schedule for a manufacturing organization

Hiring, training and scheduling a sales team

Projecting and ordering inventory and developing inventory control methods

Preparing reports and recommendations for improved efficiency methods

Professional Associations

American Management Association,
amanet.org

American Marketing Association,
marketingpower.com

Association for Financial Professionals,
afponline.org

The Association for Operations Management,
apics.org

Association of Small Business Development Centers,
asbdc-us.org

National Association of Purchasing Management,
napm.org

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business,”
score.org

Society for Human Resource Management,
shrm.org

Enhancing Your Employability

Join student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Develop advanced computer skills as well as mathematical and problem solving abilities

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: University of Delaware, Ashland University, Rutgers