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Business Administration Major Career Planning Options

  • Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Finance

Business Administration encompasses, in a broad sense, the management of people and activities within public and private industry, government, and non-profit organizations. General business administration majors are exposed to a broad overview of business principles and applications, while gaining a diverse foundation in the liberal arts. Through class lectures and case study presentations, students learn how to plan organize, manage, and direct courses of action that allow businesses to function effectively. Visit Rivier's Business Administration Department for information on degrees and course offerings.


Business Administration Major Skills  

Analytical Oral & Written Communication 
Organizational  Numerical Analysis & Interpretation
Problem-Solving  Teamwork
Marketing  Computer Literacy
Creative Thinking  Critical Thinking
Planning & Budgeting  Decision Making
Management (People & Activities) Time Management



Career Paths in Business Administration

New business administration graduates have work options that are diverse and dependent upon one's interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. Skills can be developed and applied in specialized areas such as accounting, economics, finance, international business, marketing, human resource management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, and business information systems.

Entry level positions vary depending upon the employer, industry, and type of work activities sought. Advancement to top executive, administrative, and management positions can be enhanced by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or graduate degree in a related field, along with acquiring a history of relevant work experiences. Some companies provide management training programs within their own organizations for employees who demonstrate leadership potential. Job opportunities are currently most prevalent in the service-producing and high tech industries. Those who are willing to continually learn, while updating and expanding their skills, will be most successful. Other key traits for business success include flexibility, adaptability to new environments, knowledge of computer systems, and an emphasis on teamwork and interpersonal communication skills.

Business Administration graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor's degree.)

Accountant Account Executive 
Actuary  Associate Consultant 
Budget Analyst  Claims Representative 
Commercial Underwriter  Contracts Administrator
Database Administrator  Financial Analyst 
Foreign Exchange Trader  Human Resource Personnel
Assistant/Manager  Insurance Agent 
Investment Broker Labor Relations Specialist
Licensing Agent Loan Officer 
Market Analyst  Marketing Coordinator
Media Planner  Payroll Clerk 
Production Manager Public Relations Account Manager  
Purchasing Agent  Recruitment Coordinator 
Research Associate Research Analyst 
Retail Buyer  Sales Associates 
Sales Manager/Representative Securities Trader
Systems Analysts/IT Consultant  Team Leader 
Trust Administrator   



Business Administration graduates may work at . . .

Real Estate Advertising Agencies
Banks/Financial Services Insurance Companies
Retail Companies  Educational Institutions 
Food Service Industry  Hotel Industry
Government High Technology Firms 
Manufacturing  Public Relations Offices
Resorts  Restaurant Management
Museums  Health Care Organizations 
Non-Profit Organizations Consulting Firms 
Business & Industry (all phases)   



Ways to Increase Employability
The following suggestions will enhance your leadership skills and workplace qualifications, while promoting networking relationships with fellow professionals:

  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one's professional field of interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job or internship positions.
  • Develop aptitude in computer technology.
  • Develop cross-cultural skills for the global market.
  • Use every opportunity in and out of the classroom to practice group teamwork skills that will be invaluable in the business world.

Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Business Administration

  • Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Business Administration Department Resources
  • Professionals Working in the Field
  • Professional Organizations
  • Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources

Rivier University's Career Development Center Resources
Effective career decision-making evolves through a process of gathering accurate self-knowledge and significant information about the major or career being explored. The Rivier University Career Development Center offers individual career counseling and career resources regarding self-assessment, career exploration, gaining practical experience, and job searching skills.  For more information, contact us at 897-8246. The following is a partial list of career resources, available in our office, which may be of interest to Business majors:

  • Expert Resumes for Managers and Executives
  • 100 Jobs in Technology
  • Career Opportunities in Advertising and Public Relations
  • Career Opportunities in Banking, Finance, and Insurance
  • Career Opportunities in Television, Cable, Video, and Multimedia
  • Career Opportunities in The Retail and Wholesale Industry
  • Careers for Persuasive Types & Others Who Won’t Take No for an Answer
  • Great Jobs for Accounting Majors
  • Great Jobs for Business Majors
  • Real People Working in Sales and Marketing
  • Opportunities in Hospital Administration Careers
  • Opportunities in Human Resource Management Careers
  • The Insiders Guide to the Top 20 Career in Business Management
  • Peterson’s Graduate Programs in Business, Education, etc.,
  • Graduate Guide to Business Success
  • The Executive Career Guide for MBA’s
  • Discovering Your Career in Business
  • What’s In It For Me? (video)
  • The Executive Career Guide for MBA's

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