Career Development

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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

Professional & Rivier University Organizations related to Business Administration

Career related websites for Business Administration majors